WOTY press release

Dave Wilton dave at WILTON.NET
Tue Dec 28 04:50:19 UTC 2004

I see on thing wrong with the press release. It doesn't say what the ADS is.
Most press releases, at least in the corporate world, end with a boilerplate
paragraph describing the organization making the release. For the release
announcing the selections I would suggest adding a paragraph at the end,
something along the lines of:

"Founded in 1889, the American Dialect Society is dedicated to the study of
the English language in North America, and of other languages, or dialects
of other languages, influencing it or influenced by it. ADS consists of over
#,### academics and independent scholars in the fields of Linguistics,
English, Foreign Languages, and other disciplines. The society also
publishes the quarterly journal _American Speech_."

It gives the group's credentials for those reporters who've never heard of
the ADS (which is probably most) and sets us apart from the myriad web sites
who are publishing lists of WOTY.

--Dave Wilton
  dave at wilton.net

> -----Original Message-----
> From: American Dialect Society [mailto:ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU]On Behalf
> Of AAllan at AOL.COM
> Sent: Monday, December 27, 2004 1:31 PM
> Subject: WOTY press release
> Yes, we don't intend to hide our light under a bushel with regard
> to Words of
> the Year. Here's a press release you can provide to any curious
> media person,
> or any curious person, or yourself if you want to prepare properly for the
> big event January 7. For ADS members and friends, the most useful
> feature is a
> complete handy list of all previous choices in all previous
> votes, going back
> to the beginning in 1990.
> Grant has posted it in the news section of the ADS website for all to see.
> You can get right to it by going to:
> http://www.americandialect.org/2004_ADS_WOTY_Vote.pdf
> - Allan Metcalf
> PS: I still say "with regard to," but have you noticed that a very
> substantial minority prefer "with regards to"?

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