Posted by: episystechpubs | July 13, 2017

Editor’s Corner: Formal Fused Words

I recently read an article about “formal fused words.” These words are combined to create a fixed expression, and the process of forming them is called “univerbation.”

Some examples of formalfused words are hereinafter and whensoever. They are not words we use very often, but we are vaguely familiar with many of them. We do, however, often use many fused words that are not so formal—words like although and whenever,for example.

The article I read breaks fused words down into three categories and provides descriptions. I found it interesting, so I’ve copied that part of the article for you. To read the entire article, click here.

Adverbs

Many compound adverbs, such as those beginning with any (anyone, anything, and so on), are entirely acceptable, as is the slightly more formal however, as well as thereafter, therefore, nevertheless, and nonetheless, but the following words may be seen as pedantic:

· hereinafter: following this part of this document or writing

· hereinbefore: preceding this part of this document or writing

· heretofore: up to this time

· hitherto: up to this time

· howsoever: in whatever manner, to whatever degree or extent

· insomuch: to such a degree

· therein: in that place, thing, or time, or in that particular or respect

· thereinafter: following the part of that document or writing

· thereinbefore: preceding the part of that document or writing

· theretofore: up to that time

Conjunctions

Some compound conjunctions (such as although) are familiar, but the following might be seen as distractingly formal:

· albeit: even though

· forasmuch as: in view of the fact that

· howbeit: even though

· inasmuch as: in view of the fact that, or in the degree that

· insofar: to such degree or extent

· whensoever: at any or every time

· wheresoever: anywhere at all

Prounouns

Whatever, whenever, and so on, are everyday words, and whatnot is common though it may be perceived as substandard dialect, but the following are stiff:

· whatsoever: anything or everything, or no matter what, or anything that might also be mentioned (also an adjective)

· whosoever: whatever person, or no matter who

Donna Bradley Burcher | Senior Technical Editor | Symitar®

8985 Balboa Ave. | San Diego, CA 92123 | Ph. 619.278.0432 | Extension: 765432

Symitar Technical Publications Writing and Editing Requests

NOTICE: This electronic mail message and any files transmitted with it are intended
exclusively for the individual or entity to which it is addressed. The message,
together with any attachment, may contain confidential and/or privileged information.
Any unauthorized review, use, printing, saving, copying, disclosure or distribution
is strictly prohibited. If you have received this message in error, please
immediately advise the sender by reply email and delete all copies.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Categories

%d bloggers like this: