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Monday Night Owls - 7 May 2018 - Instruction manuals

NatashaTNatashaT Posts: 1,011 Teacher
We read about instruction manuals, and how they can tell us about ourselves and life in the past:

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20180403-inside-the-world-of-instruction-manuals

Vocabulary Top 10:

booklet - a book with only a few pages that contains information on one subject

bubblewrap - plastic packaging material in sheets containing numerous small air cushions designed to protect fragile goods

emulate - to try to be like (someone or something you admire) (have the same characteristics as something else)

simulate - to look, feel, or behave like (something) (not real, but pretending to be something else real)

resurgence - a growth or increase that occurs after a period without growth or increase

get acquainted with - to get to know and become familiar with something

evocative - bringing thoughts, memories, or feelings into the mind

redolent - causing thoughts or memories of something; having a strong smell : full of a fragrance or odor

flummoxed - confused, bewildered or perplexed

tongue-in-cheek - in a way that is not serious and that is meant to be funny


Do you usually read the instruction manual?
Do you think instructions with or without photos are better?

Comments

  • filauziofilauzio Genoa ( Italy )Posts: 1,897 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Yes I do, I read the instruction manual just the time to unwrap the appliance I've purchased.

    The first thing I notice is that it's usually rendered in a huge varieties of languages, which comes to little surprise, given the globalization of current trade.

    The range of languages, I suppose, stretches as far as the number of them across the globe, possibly also splitting into local dialects, if marketing research declared there's a prospective customer to be reached.

    Therefore, I have to pick out the few pages familiar in language, while peering at the English section too; it's always been a good exercise to guess the translation, I used to rely on that too as a means to refresh my newly learnt words.

    Then, I usually linger a bit on the first section bearing the headline ' caution ' or ' warning ' where the manufacturer gives you useful tips dealing with your safety.

    It is funny that some of these ' safety tips ' are a bit unnecessary and obvious yet highlighted as crucial, not to be skipped at all.

    I mean some of them have to do with the fundamentals of any first aid lessons.

    You can read such things as:

    ' Put the plug into the socket but be careful not to put your wet fingers into the socket to avoid electric shock '

    ' Be careful that during cooking the outside walls of the oven might be hot '

    ' Don't eat ice cubes just pulled out the freezer, you could burn your mouth '.

    I would add:

    ' Make sure your IQ is at least 50 before venturing to buy such very dangerous kitchen equipments '

    I'm aware, this latter of mine would sound a bit discriminatory, but certainly more honest and direct advice.

    However, I suppose, also people with IQ 130 or more, might grow gobsmacked the moment they happened to read such lines as:

    ' Fill the rack with dishes, close the door, then push the green button you see on the upper right corner '

    only to discover there's no green button to be found at all. That happens when the manufacturer has attached a former version's instructions' manual to the latest version of the appliance's packaging.
    glad to stop strict diet, splashed in belly flop? Don't care you're not light, here on English hop !
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