Re: The New Communication (was Formality going Bye, Bye)
And an editor would respond that when you deviate from correct English, you
(1) draw attention to your idiosyncratic use of the language and (b) offer
an opportunity for your reader to stumble. Far from being economical,
nonstandard use of English causes your audience to experience time and
energy losses. The objection to nonstandard English is not made strictly
because the usage is nonstandard; after all, nonstandard usage is usually
how the language changes. But changing the language is not something a
technical writer ought to be doing. Challenging the understanding of the use
of the language is a task for creative writers, not technical writers.
Nonstandard usage draws attention to the writer, not the message.
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