"via" - why often verboten ?

Subject: "via" - why often verboten ?
From: "Monique Semp" <monique -dot- semp -at- earthlink -dot- net>
To: "TechWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 2 Aug 2017 08:53:48 -0700

Hello, WR-L-ers,

Pubs style guides have long said to avoid âviaâ in favor of âbyâ. And in the case of MMoS (Microsoft Manual of Style), it says that âviaâ implies a geographic context,and to use the more specific term, âbyâ, âthroughâ, orâ' âby means ofâ.â

But dictionary.com has the 2nde definition as âby the agency or instrumentality ofâ. So perhaps âviaâ is evolving?

I hope so because I really want to use âviaâ to mean, âby means ofâ. Itâs much pithier, and I doubt could be misunderstood.

Thoughts?
-Monique
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