Re: "layouting," ugh.

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
documentation user.

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.

-Elisa

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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References:
Re: "layouting," ugh.: From: Lauren
Re: "layouting," ugh.: From: Robert Lauriston
RE: "layouting," ugh.: From: Brian.Henderson

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