Re: Pet Peeves

Subject: Re: Pet Peeves
From: "Fred Ridder" <docudoc -at- hotmail -dot- com>
To: doc -at- edwordsmith -dot- com
Date: Thu, 15 Mar 2007 18:48:24 -0400

Ned Bedinger <doc -at- edwordsmith -dot- com> wrote (in part):

>In general, some words seem to become proscribed in one or another style
>guide for half-baked reasons. One howler is 'via', which MMOS advises
>against because translation of this many-thousands year old word,
>essentially unchanged in meaning for all of that time, is apparently
>difficult for localizers. Or maybe via offends as a foreign word. Have
>mercy :-)

There actually is a legitimate reason for avoiding the word "via" to
mean "by way of" if you are writing about anything that involves
printed circuit boards. In the world of circuit board layout and
manufacturing, "via" is a noun that refers to the physical mechanism
that connects a trace on one layer of a multi-layer circuit board to
another layer. Our corporate style guide recommends against the
prepositional use of "via" on the basis of possible confusion with
the noun usage.

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