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> For example, several years ago, my editor and manager aligned
> in sympatico with the MicMoS dictum against the specific word
> "via" and Foreign Words in general.
> "Via" is one such word, and a tragic casualty of the MicMoS'
> wholesale rules against using Foreign Words and Phrases. Mic
> MoS "A" embraces 'via' as a highly prized elemental word that
> is above suspicion--usages are allowed in any specialized or
> general writing in English. Though MicMoS proscribes it, yet
> MicMoS "A" (and several hundred generations of our
> ancestors) would be lost without it. MicMoS "A" celebrates
> it as a 'soul' word that expresses, in a most profound and
> direct sense, the unaccountable-but-characteristic human
> prediliction for giving directions.
The Third Edition of MMOS says this:
Via implies a geographic context. Avoid using via as a synonym for by,
through, or by means of.
Use the most specific term instead.
I think it's the proper reasoning about use of "via." It seems to be an
argument wholly other than one based on its Latin origins.
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