RE: "via" - why often verboten ?

Subject: RE: "via" - why often verboten ?
From: "Wright, Lynne" <Lynne -dot- Wright -at- Kronos -dot- com>
To: Monique Semp <monique -dot- semp -at- earthlink -dot- net>, TechWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 2 Aug 2017 16:02:17 +0000

I prefer not to use "via" for the same reason that I avoid all latin terms... to me, it sounds old-fashioned/too academic and doesn't fit with the more colloquial plain-English writing style that I use (and I think that's why tech writing style guides tend to advise against using it.) So I use "through".

But yes, if you use "via" I don't think anyone is going to not know what it means.

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Subject: "via" - why often verboten ?

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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