I came across the following sentence and couldn’t figure out which way to go:
We increased the speed of the beam pump 2 SPM.
(SPM = strokes per minute, which should either be defined at the beginning of the document or in a glossary at the end)
The two options were:
1) We increased the speed of the beam pump to 2 SPM (from 1 SPM).
2) We increased the speed of the beam pump by 2 SPM (from 12 to 14 SPM).
Not knowing the situation first-hand, I left it alone, which would imply Option #2. But using the appropriate itty-bitty, two-letter preposition would have removed all doubt.
Moral of the Story: Don’t be afraid to clarify when you write something that could be perceived from two different viewpoints.
Typo of the Day:
The rig attended the well on May 8, 2102.
Oh, so you’ve got a time machine over there, do you? Interesting….
Profound Quote of the Day:
“The improvement of understanding is for two ends: first, our own increase of knowledge; secondly, to enable us to deliver that knowledge to others.”
– John Locke, English philosopher, 1632-1704