From the Annals of Customer Service:
We are no longer allowed to use that unfortunate four letter f-word with respect to our products when communicating internally or externally in writing. It’s in all of the user guides, but we’re not allowed to use it…..
Please indicate which of the following euphemisms would be most acceptable to you:
1. failed with prejudice
2. pulled a Rammstein
4. extra crispy capacitor action
6. Mt. St. Helens
7. Toxic bar-b-q
8. Extinguishment event
9. Unanticipated electron migration
10. Plasma and particulate incident
Here’s a couple more (added later)
Left the operating temperature range behind.
Added even yet later
(From a coworker)
Fire – unexpected rapid oxidation Smoke – airborne particulate release
Spark – corona discharge
Arc – see spark
Hope this helps
And yet more!!!!
Impersonated a dragon
Expressed it’s inner hotness
and yet more still even!!!
1. exothermic event
2. mode transition
3. irreversible failure mode
4. undocumented functional shift