Are you often left flummoxed as to what is actually wrong with or has happened to the subject matter?

  • "The boat was badly damaged..."
  • "Everything was wet and damaged"
  • "The cartons were damaged"
  • "There was damage inside the container"
  • "The consignee rejected the goods because they were damaged"

Most of the commonly used languages for survey reports have hundreds (do we exaggerate a little?) of words for describing how things are or are not as they should be; yet many surveyors cannot find more than one to give the reader the slightest clue as to what is actually wrong.

There should be one rule for the use for this word: Use sparingly!