This list was given to me by our head of engineering the other day, and I thought I would share it with you. (sorry if this has already been posted, but I searched and didn't come up with anything). Top 20 Engineers' Terminologies 1. A NUMBER OF DIFFERENT APPROACHES ARE BEING TRIED: We are still pissing in the wind. 2. EXTENSIVE REPORT IS BEING PREPARED ON A FRESH APPROACH TO THE PROBLEM: We just hired three kids fresh out of college. 3. CLOSE PROJECT COORDINATION: We know who to blame. 4. MAJOR TECHNOLOGICAL BREAKTHROUGH: It works OK, but looks very hi-tech. 5. CUSTOMER SATISFACTION IS DELIVERED ASSURED: We are so far behind schedule the customer is happy to get it delivered. 6. PRELIMINARY OPERATIONAL TESTS WERE INCONCLUSIVE: The darn thing blew up when we threw the switch. 7. TEST RESULTS WERE EXTREMELY GRATIFYING: We are so surprised that the stupid thing works. 8. THE ENTIRE CONCEPT WILL HAVE TO BE ABANDONED: The only person who understood the thing quit. 9. IT IS IN THE PROCESS: It is so wrapped up in red tape that the situation is about hopeless. 10. WE WILL LOOK INTO IT: Forget it! We have enough problems for now. 11. PLEASE NOTE AND INITIAL: Let's spread the responsibility for the screw up. 12. GIVE US THE BENEFIT OF YOUR THINKING: We'll listen to what you have to say as long as it doesn't interfere with what we've already done. 13. GIVE US YOUR INTERPRETATION: I can't wait to hear this bull! 14. SEE ME or LET'S DISCUSS: Come into my office, I'm lonely. 15. ALL NEW: Parts not interchangeable with the previous design. 16. RUGGED: Too damn heavy to lift! 17. LIGHTWEIGHT: Lighter than RUGGED. 18. YEARS OF DEVELOPMENT: One finally worked. 19. ENERGY SAVING: Achieved when the power switch is off. 20. LOW MAINTENANCE: Impossible to fix if broken.