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Subject:Re: 'author' vs. 'write' From:Stephen Victor <svictor -at- HOUSTON -dot- GEOQUEST -dot- SLB -dot- COM> Date:Wed, 28 May 1997 09:56:32 -0500
Mary Howe wrote:
> Here's a picky little question:
> What is the difference between the verbs 'to author' and 'to write'?
> I've never used 'author' myself because I just thought it was a social
> dialect variation (like 'home' and 'house', 'drapes' and 'curtains',
> 'frosting' and 'icing', etc.).
> I'm posting this here because 'to author' appears to have a special
> meaning to technical writers. If this turns into a discussion of the
> connotations/dialect differences among all the words above, let's take
> it to copyediting-l.
Here's a picky little answer. :) "Author" is not a verb; it is a noun.
Authors write, but writers do not "author."
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