"Protocol" a valid substitute for "Report"?
Thread poster: Ekhangel

Ekhangel
Local time: 21:55
Dec 17, 2018

A question to natives in English:


Is "protocol" an actual native synonim for "report" in contexts such as "construction site handover protocol/report" etc. (meaning: a document, not a definition of formal procedure), or has it only recently become one in Europe due to the shameful abuses of Germanic translators (and of my fellow Poles too)?

I feel the latter is true, somewhat like in case of "production halls" instead of "production floors".

Been wor
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A question to natives in English:


Is "protocol" an actual native synonim for "report" in contexts such as "construction site handover protocol/report" etc. (meaning: a document, not a definition of formal procedure), or has it only recently become one in Europe due to the shameful abuses of Germanic translators (and of my fellow Poles too)?

I feel the latter is true, somewhat like in case of "production halls" instead of "production floors".

Been working for 7 years now, and still not sure...
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Samuel Murray  Identity Verified
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@Ekhangel Dec 18, 2018

Ekhangel wrote:
Is "protocol" an actual native synonym for "report" in contexts such as "construction site handover protocol/report" etc. (meaning: a document, not a definition of formal procedure)...


I'm a non-native Englisher, but:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Protocol
says that "protocol" can also be used for the minutes of a meeting. I've never encountered that use before, though. I've always understood "protocol" to mean something that is agreed upon beforehand.


Christine Andersen
 

Ekhangel
Local time: 21:55
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Interesting Dec 18, 2018

That's interesting. I see the word being used in this context from time to time, mostly in German or Italian-translated ToR, project management documentation, etc.

Just out of curiosity: what do you call this type of document in Dutch and how do you translate it into English (or German)? Again, I mean "reports" that the two parties sign to confirm the handing over of things (with qualitative or quantitative indication of its state), whether it is industrial plants, products, premise
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That's interesting. I see the word being used in this context from time to time, mostly in German or Italian-translated ToR, project management documentation, etc.

Just out of curiosity: what do you call this type of document in Dutch and how do you translate it into English (or German)? Again, I mean "reports" that the two parties sign to confirm the handing over of things (with qualitative or quantitative indication of its state), whether it is industrial plants, products, premises, or such.
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Christine Andersen  Identity Verified
Denmark
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You are right Dec 18, 2018

First the protocol is drawn up, then you act, and (progress) reports are written along the way, ending with a final report and analysis.

Of course, context is everything, and my statement above is very categorical.
But it is probably a good idea where possible to maintain the difference.

You can always in a monolingual English dictionary - there are plenty online and free.

The Oxford Advanced Learners' Dictionary (British) makes the distinction
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First the protocol is drawn up, then you act, and (progress) reports are written along the way, ending with a final report and analysis.

Of course, context is everything, and my statement above is very categorical.
But it is probably a good idea where possible to maintain the difference.

You can always in a monolingual English dictionary - there are plenty online and free.

The Oxford Advanced Learners' Dictionary (British) makes the distinction
https://www.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/definition/english/protocol?q=protocol
https://www.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/definition/english/report_1?q=report

Merriam Webster (US) seems to allow the use of protocol as 'minutes of a meeting' in some cases, but it is not entirely a synonym for report.
https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/protocol?utm_campaign=sd&utm_medium=serp&utm_source=jsonld

-- but compare the entry for report:
https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/report?utm_campaign=sd&utm_medium=serp&utm_source=jsonld
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