We had an interesting brief conversation with the president of a high-tech company recently, and it explains why engineers believe they speak English but are mistaken.

We were having trouble with a backup drive and called for tech support. What we got was the president of the company himself (it’s a small company). “Ah,” he said. “I see what the problem is: Just rename the ‘delete(underline)me.exe’ file to ‘backupkey.exe’ and move it to the root.”

Sure. Anybody can follow that. We’ll pass it on.

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