Re: "via" - why often verboten ?

Subject: Re: "via" - why often verboten ?
From: sharipunyon -at- gmail -dot- com
To: "Wright, Lynne" <Lynne -dot- Wright -at- Kronos -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 2 Aug 2017 16:51:56 -0400

Also, remember that English words can have multiple meanings. A translator could pick the wrong one.

> On Aug 2, 2017, at 3:46 PM, Wright, Lynne <Lynne -dot- Wright -at- Kronos -dot- com> wrote:
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> In terms of translation concerns, surely any term like "via" that exists in English dictionaries isn't going to be a problem?
>
> It's really only colloquialisms that you have to watch out for (although I can't think of any colloquialisms that are appropriate to tech writing anyway).
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> Subject: Re: "via" - why often verboten ?
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> I tend to write for the lowest common denominator, if possible. So I don't think about what an adult would understand, but a 7th grader or non-native speaker.
>
> I would avoid via for that reason. Also potential translation issues.
>
>> On Aug 2, 2017, at 12:01 PM, Robin Whitmore <rwhitmore -at- weebly -dot- com> wrote:
>>
>> Here's an interesting post from The Content Wrangler about the death
>> of the formal voice:
>> http://thecontentwrangler.com/2017/07/10/the-formal-business-voice-is-
>> dead/
>>
>> While it may be a bit over the top, I do agree that anything that
>> makes the writing more concise and easier to understand is best.
>> Without knowing the context, I don't think "via" would cause
>> confusion. The only caveat might be translation.
>>
>> On Wed, Aug 2, 2017 at 8:53 AM, Monique Semp
>> <monique -dot- semp -at- earthlink -dot- net>
>> wrote:
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>>> 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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References:
"via" - why often verboten ?: From: Monique Semp
Re: "via" - why often verboten ?: From: Robin Whitmore
Re: "via" - why often verboten ?: From: sharipunyon
RE: "via" - why often verboten ?: From: Wright, Lynne

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