WOTY press release

Grant Barrett gbarrett at WORLDNEWYORK.ORG
Tue Dec 28 05:15:29 UTC 2004

This is good advice, so I've taken the liberty of adding a paragraph
very much like the one below.


On Dec 27, 2004, at 23:50, Dave Wilton wrote:

> 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
>   http://www.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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