There is one thing about engineering that I don’t like. It is the way it borrows words from other professions and claim them as if they were its own…
The first time I heard the word “commissioning” at work, I was thinking of scissors and ribbons and agbadas and cameras and party and fanfare. That is what the media fueled my mind with from a tender age.
What is commissioning? I hear it means many things to us. Today it meant:
A wild fluid being so tame
Restless minds being calmed
Radios without music
Clocks telling Bars and not time
What about people?
They were speaking in languages we heard but never understood,
They were talking about:
ALPHA without Omega
CHARLIE that was not a man
ECHO without reverberation
TANGO without dancers
ROMEO without Juliet
ROGER with no policeman getting the bribe
And they will be “over” while still, “standing by” while walking; they will “copy” without pen and paper, be “out” while still in the premises.
The way Engineering tries to use people’s head is not fair, let the profession invent its language and leave English alone.