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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.
In microelectronic design, the vehicle that connects one layer in a "chip"
to another layer is also called a "via," so the problem has nothing to do
with the age of the word, or with localizers.
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