At my company, there is a habit for the engineers to refer to their respective hardware/firmware/software in the first-person as if the device they are responsible for is a manifestation of themselves.
I'll give you an example:
Hardware Engineer: "I don't receive the first byte, so I stay off."
Software Engineer: "I'm sending you the first byte after the ack flag, so I thought you were getting it."
Hardware Engineer: "No, you're not turning me on."
It was this very example I overheard today that nearly had me giggling in fits. "You're not turning me on." Well, I should hope not!
So, is it common practice for engineers to do this, or simply unprofessional?
Any suggestions for changing this apparently bad habit?