Dryblower and the mining industry's problem with adjectives

WHEN short of a bedside book last week, Dryblower reached for his dog-eared copy of the JORC code, the mining rule book, to check on the correct use of certain words when discussing an exploration project – words such as “exceptional”, “spectacular” and “outstanding”.

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Oddly, he couldn't find a mention anywhere of those handy adjectives which all mean roughly the same thing; damned good.

What a shame. Here are three excellent words to add a bit of spice to the most boring technical report full of drill hole locations, sample points and assays down to the fourth decimal point.

Surely the boys and girls who wrote, and regularly update the code of the Australasian Joint Ore Reserves Committee, wouldn't object to a dash of creative writing of the sort you're reading now.

And even if the committee isn't an organisation that welcomes flowery language there doesn't seem to be a problem at the Australian Securities Exchange which seems quite relaxed about what exploration companies say in their reports - even though it has a represe...

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