I have completely removed the word “d-line” from my vocabulary. I’m now using the phrase “scheduled (or estimated) delivery date.” It’s got the flexibility and comfort that I need, but still has a actionable feel with that word “delivery.” That other word just felt too ominous, strict and morbid.
What do you think? Are you ready to let go of the fear of death if you don’t meet your d-lines and ease into the comfort of scheduled delivery dates instead?
Writing prompts: Are there any words that make your skin crawl? Comment on this post and let me know. Are you using any words that could be having that same unintended effect on your readers? Scan your writing for words that have negative connotations or a double meaning.
You’re right: “scheduled delivery date” sounds soooo much better than “deadline.” Who needs the word “dead” staring up at them? Yuck.
There’s also a greater sense that we are professionals, not kids who might do their homework at the very last minute if they weren’t prodded. Good thoughts.
Linda Dessau says
Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Wendy. Yuck is right!