Facebook has redefined via (?)

Barbara Need bhneed at GMAIL.COM
Fri Feb 12 17:22:31 UTC 2010

And between ancestor and descendant? B

On 12 Feb 2010, at 10:40 AM, Jonathan Lighter wrote:

> Sounds as though Barbara's misunderstanding (which I would have
> shared) is a
> good candidate for future Inglish (cf. the present-day confusion,
> already
> discussed, between "substitute" and "replace").
> JL
> On Fri, Feb 12, 2010 at 11:22 AM, Barbara Need <bhneed at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>> Except that you have to intuit [got this]--and I don't. I intuit
>> [sent
>> this].
>> Barbara
>> On 11 Feb 2010, at 4:23 PM, Victor Steinbok wrote:
>>> It's not obvious from FB PR, but this is a recent addition. This
>>> only
>>> happens when X clicks on "share this" on something that has been
>>> posted
>>> by Y. Normally, I would have expected [From] Y * via X, but the full
>>> FB
>>> syntax appears to be X [got this] * via Y. If you interpret it this
>>> way,
>>> there is nothing new to "via". I've been using it on FB for a long
>>> time,
>>> e.g., when posting the original links I got from other people or
>>> from
>>> blogs. But the new part is the FB now does this automatically when
>>> you
>>> click on "Share this" link.
>>> Nothing to see here... there is no man behind the curtain...
>>>    VS-)
>>> On 2/11/2010 4:10 PM, Towse wrote:
>>>> That's exactly it, Lisa. When I post a FB msg that includes
>>>> something
>>>> I got from someone else, I usually add a (via xyz) sort of tag to
>>>> it
>>>> so that others will know where I got the information -- a FB hattip
>>>> [blogspeak], as it were.  If I start the msg out with via xyz, what
>>>> shows up on FB is Sal via xyz yadda yadda.
>>>> --
>>>> Sal
>>>> Ye olde swarm of links: thousands of links for writers, researchers
>>>> and the terminally curious<http://writers.internet-resources.com>
>>>> On Thu, Feb 11, 2010 at 12:51 PM, Lisa
>>>> Galvin<lisagal23 at hotmail.com>  wrote:
>>>>> Perhaps the "via" refers to John's source of the message, rather
>>>>> than yours? That is, John received it via Mary from a third
>>>>> source, and then John posted it to you?
>>>>>> From: bhneed at GMAIL.COM
>>>>>> I am getting FB updates labeled X via Y where message is posted
>>>>>> by X
>>>>>> who got it from Y. (So if a link is put up marked John via Mary
>>>>>> then
>>>>>> John is a person you know and is the immediate source of the
>>>>>> link; you
>>>>>> may or may not know Mary and she is John's source). I can't get
>>>>>> that
>>>>>> and the OED definition does not seem to work either. I would have
>>>>>> to
>>>>>> say either John from Mary or Mary via John.

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