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Subject:Re: "layouting," ugh. From:"Elisa R. Sawyer" <elisawyer -at- gmail -dot- com> To:Brian -dot- Henderson -at- mitchell1 -dot- com Date:Fri, 30 Mar 2018 10:35:54 -0700
Brian, this is the logic that I am using to make my point. I used to hate
the word "functionality" and, over time, I accepted the fact that my
audience had adopted it.
The word "layouting" irritates me so much that I am taking a stand against
its use on any of the Web sites that I am currently editing, and if I am
overruled, which could happen, I am now able to state that there are quite
a few professional technical writers who agree with me. :-)
In my technical writing, I try to use a voice that is slightly
authoritative and, at the same time, a bit friendly. I hope to sound a bit
like a mentor or teacher--someone who has more experience than the
With that in mind, I think that it's legitimate to change the written
language more slowly than the spoken language changes. That is one way to
achieve the slightly authoritative voice.
On Fri, Mar 30, 2018 at 9:11 AM, <Brian -dot- Henderson -at- mitchell1 -dot- com> wrote:
> I'm not one of those people who has a problem with language evolving. I
> mostly revel in it. But a large part of the evolution is due to ignorance
> and mistakes in hearing. I don't think there's anything wrong with trying
> trim some of the branches that develop that way.
> -Brian H.
> -----Original Message----- From: Robert Lauriston
> Sure, if enough people make a mistake for long enough, it's no longer
> a mistake, and it won't be marked wrong by an English teacher grading
> a paper.
> "Layouting" is still a mistake.
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