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Edmund Scientific: Question Answered

Has Edmund Scientifics (originally Edmund Science) bee taken over by a company outside the USA?

The only reason I ask is that, I was reading down through the Geek Tech stuff, and when I went to descriptions, I found stuff like this:

The Privacy Safe can detect the strength of radio frequency generated by different types of LED signal indicator such as wireless video camera. When a suspicious object is approached or located, the "Red" light will be on and the alarm will beep continuously. The superb bright torch could illuminate allows you to find things or read in the dark.

That nearly drove me to distraction reading grammar like this from a supposedly scientific catalog.

I remember when I was much younger, you couldn't even find a misspelled word in their catalogs, now I can hardly read them without wincing .

Anyone know what happened?

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lemonie

10 years ago

They may have outsourced work or lazily copied stuff. I should think that they're selling a lot of imports, so it only takes a bit of CTRL-C/V from the manufacturer to fill a box... L

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Goodhartlemonie

Reply 10 years ago

Yeah, and a very little cognizance on their part also.

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lemonieGoodhart

Reply 10 years ago

It could well be: temporary staff, trainee, intern, work experience, placement student etc. - crummy job done in a half-assed way because of it? They probably didn't expect ~~la inquisicion espanola~~ someone to be discussing it in a forum... L

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Goodhartlemonie

Reply 10 years ago

That's because NOBODY expects the Spanish inquisition !


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PKM

10 years ago

There seems to be a trend of copy that would once have been rigorously proof-read before being put into print being thrown online without the most basic attention to correctness. I personally don't care whether it was written by someone who speaks English as a second language or just someone who isn't very good at the language, if you are going to publish information about your products it should be as close to perfect English as you can make it. When I send casual emails to my friends that are better written than the website of a company I am considering buying something from, it doesn't fill me with confidence.

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lemoniePKM

Reply 10 years ago

"News"papers have ditched a lot of proofreaders in recent years too, and subs - everything gets worse... But then the people reading these things often don't know any better either. L

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GoodhartPKM

Reply 10 years ago

I agree. Someone should have been able to correct the text before printing it (and the site is simply FILLED with descriptions like the one I quote).

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Skyfinity

10 years ago

Blech! That is awful grammar. I don't know how nice it is to assume that a non-U.S. citizen wrote this because it makes no sense, but either way, the catalogs quality level just fell down the stairs. I just liked to flip through it and look at the pictures when I was a kid, and I always loved all the fun things they had. I'm sure that if I read I wouldn't have seen anything like this.

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GoodhartSkyfinity

Reply 10 years ago

Well, maybe not a non-American, but is still sounds much like whomever wrote it, English was their second language...the grammar is more Asian (nothing wrong with Asians, but someone whose first language is English, should be the one writing the English).