American scientists and engineers are lucky. If their reports are unreadable, they can study technical writing at the nearest university, community college, hotel seminar, or in-house course. Their British counterparts are less fortunate. According to a British friend of mine who just earned his Ph.D. degree in engineering, the British are not taught to write past primary school. Those who study ... [Show full abstract] engineering at a polytechnic, an advanced college of technology, or at a university must write the best they can. Too often their best writing does not read well.