Originally Posted By: jfarsetta
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I personally like the word “sucks” much better. It truly sets the tone. Sometimes, nothing quite sums it up the way “That setup really sucks” does. Funny, though… Can’t seem to find it in any canned reporting system or checklist I’ve seen.
Unprofessional, you say? Well, its a far cry from the politically correct "Appears Serviceable", no?
Really, though. "Significantly deficient" doesnt say what needs to be said. Although we shouldn't say "piece of s**t", "what were they thinking", "this thing is held together with a spit and a prayer", or "sucks"... I think a clearer description than "significantly deficient" is sometimes justified.
"Deficient" describes something that is broken, fails to operate as intended, beyond service life, no good. For things hazardous, dangerous, dilapidated, falling apart, etc... we use those same terms to describe the defect. Sometimes plain language is the best way to communicate. Remember, a lawyer had his hand in the creation/meaning of "significantly deficient". To me, it's like describing something as "extra dead".
Satisfactory, Marginal, Unsatisfactory
Good, Fair, Poor
How much more do we need? Sorry if I'm a stick in the mud with regard to this stuff. I write for a magazine, and always try and use as few words as possible to get the meaning across. I also develop contracts for multi-million dollar operational environments, and work with attorneys all the time. Sometimes, keeping terms clear and to-the-point when dealing with attorneys can be difficult.
To Illinois' example, I think this is an attempt to provide a word for what an inspector can use his own verbiage to better describe. But, if you happen to like the term... what the hell!
And, yes, Joe M is correct when he points out that some inspectors will be called "significantly deficient".
Your "significantly confused", "over opinionated", "super hard-headed", "extra wholesome", and "utterly verbose" inspector from Pearl River, NY (The Town of Friendly People)