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Thread: Is "shop" too naff instead of "business" or "company"?

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    Mike Mitchell Guest

    Is "shop" too naff instead of "business" or "company"?

    I see a lot of references to the word "shop" when used to mean a
    software "business". I think it sounds incredibly naff. It has the
    totemic connotations of a boat builder, a carpenter, or similar
    enterprise where craftsmanship comes first, last, and always, but is
    being applied as a kind of exclusive badge of entry to all kinds of
    johnny-come-lately "dotcom" outfits whose only aim in life is making
    money in as short a time as possible in environments where customers
    are perceived as the enemy to be screwed over with EULAs that are
    written like fairy stories.

    Do these "shops" have the equivalent ethos of the slow-speaking,
    pipe-smoking perfectionist who rubs down his hulls with the finest
    wet-and-dry? Or are they populated by belligerent, aggressively
    avaricious suits who are continually chasing after the latest new
    whizz-bang technologies just for the sake of it? Are "shops" really
    only an extension of science parks with "free" government money, or
    the equivalent of the school science lab where one gets to go home
    after blowing up the petri dish for the janitor to clear away? What
    kind of quality work are these shops achieving? Is it BMW quality, or
    Pinto quality?

    I could never call a business I was involved in a "shop", unless it
    truly was a genuine shop. Software "house" is even more naff an
    exercise in pretentious renaming.

    MM

  2. #2
    Michael Culley Guest

    Re: Is "shop" too naff instead of "business" or "company"?

    > Is it BMW quality, or
    > Pinto quality?


    > Do these "shops" have the equivalent ethos of the slow-speaking,
    > pipe-smoking perfectionist who rubs down his hulls with the finest
    > wet-and-dry?


    Sometimes you don't need a BMW, if you are just driving to the shops a
    hyundai will fit the bill.

    --
    Michael Culley
    www.vbdotcom.com


    "Mike Mitchell" <kylix_is@yahoo.co.uk> wrote in message
    news:3d11ac82.2883062@news.devx.com...
    > I see a lot of references to the word "shop" when used to mean a
    > software "business". I think it sounds incredibly naff. It has the
    > totemic connotations of a boat builder, a carpenter, or similar
    > enterprise where craftsmanship comes first, last, and always, but is
    > being applied as a kind of exclusive badge of entry to all kinds of
    > johnny-come-lately "dotcom" outfits whose only aim in life is making
    > money in as short a time as possible in environments where customers
    > are perceived as the enemy to be screwed over with EULAs that are
    > written like fairy stories.
    >
    > Do these "shops" have the equivalent ethos of the slow-speaking,
    > pipe-smoking perfectionist who rubs down his hulls with the finest
    > wet-and-dry? Or are they populated by belligerent, aggressively
    > avaricious suits who are continually chasing after the latest new
    > whizz-bang technologies just for the sake of it? Are "shops" really
    > only an extension of science parks with "free" government money, or
    > the equivalent of the school science lab where one gets to go home
    > after blowing up the petri dish for the janitor to clear away? What
    > kind of quality work are these shops achieving? Is it BMW quality, or
    > Pinto quality?
    >
    > I could never call a business I was involved in a "shop", unless it
    > truly was a genuine shop. Software "house" is even more naff an
    > exercise in pretentious renaming.
    >
    > MM




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