PR makes me want to be sick sometimes, especially IT/Computer/Software type PR. I moonlight as an IT PR Firm for a software company.
(It's fun to be your own company!--"I'll have my secretary get right on that", I'll say. Then I'll tell myself to do it.)
It can really be a gruesome experience. Essentially, I write things that no one understands. The product press releases have only the vaguest relationship to the actual product being released, and are written in a language barely related to english. Stilted, awkward, and filled with randomly generated IT-speak, these are some real stinkers.
Everyone and their brother gets a cut on the press releases that I write, even some guy on the board of directors. In an ideal world, they would take what I write and improve it--maybe even turn it into english!

This is not an ideal world.

Below is a list of suggested changes to my future press releases, suggested by the Board of directors guy. He produced it to prevent having to just go through and change all this stuff every time. Read, and enjoy:

Was                        Should be 

Solution                Best of breed solution, 
                        or creative solution 
Advantage               Competitive advantage 
Chosen                  Selected 
Technology              Proprietary technology 
Platform, Functionality	Robust platform, 
                        or robust functionality,
                        also multi-dimensional platform 
Use                     Efficient use 
We, Our                 {Company Name} 
Customer                State the name  
Competing Products      Lesser competing products 
Produce                 Produce effectively 
Notice that nothing has been made shorter or more simple.
Less is more doesn't work here, baby!
Sure, some of this stuff is a good idea, but "best of breed solution"? Eeeeewwww. Nasty.

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