Re: "via" - why often verboten ?

Subject: Re: "via" - why often verboten ?
From: Tony Chung <tonyc -at- tonychung -dot- ca>
To: Monique Semp <monique -dot- semp -at- earthlink -dot- net>
Date: Wed, 2 Aug 2017 09:40:12 -0700

Hi Monique,

You answered your own question. The variations of meaning of the simple
word "via" could cause confusion, if not for you, then for future use by
readers of your documentation.

For the longest time, I considered aloof to mean noncommittal, "comme-ci,
comme-ca", "whatever" and so used that term in a facebook post. I was
quickly taken to task, as aloof tends to have a snobbier, standoffish
connotation, which isn't quite what I was implying.

I must have misinterpreted some author's work in the past and it shaped my
understanding. Now I have to go back and review all my writing. ARRGH. ;-)

-Tony


-----Original Message-----
> From: Monique Semp
> Sent: Wednesday, August 2, 2017 11:54 AM
> To: TechWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
> Subject: "via" - why often verboten ?
>
> ...
>
> 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?
>
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References:
"via" - why often verboten ?: From: Monique Semp
RE: "via" - why often verboten ?: From: Wright, Lynne

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