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Re: Use of word "reference" when cross referencing
Subject:Re: Use of word "reference" when cross referencing From:Keith Hood <klhra -at- yahoo -dot- com> To:Lin Sims <ljsims -dot- ml -at- gmail -dot- com>, Lin Laurie <linlaurie1 -at- hotmail -dot- com> Date:Tue, 14 Aug 2018 21:43:06 +0000 (UTC)
According to the dictionary, "reference" can be used as a verb, as in "look up." So the guy is sort of right. But mostly likely, most people will think of it as a noun, so while this may be correct usage, I would discourage it.
On Tuesday, August 14, 2018 4:40 PM, Lin Sims <ljsims -dot- ml -at- gmail -dot- com> wrote:
Holy cow, have I ever. Either my google-fu is worse than I thought, or my
coworker is LITERALLY the only person on the planet who uses it this way.
Which, come to think of it, would not surprise me in the least. :D
On Tue, Aug 14, 2018 at 5:36 PM, Lin Laurie <linlaurie1 -at- hotmail -dot- com> wrote:
> I'm with you. I've never seen reference used like you're talking about
> using it here. Have you tried to google it?
> Lin Laurie
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> Has anyone seen any manual that uses the word "reference" when referring
> to material that is in another location? As in, "Reference section <section
> name> for more information."
> I was taught to use "See section <section name> for more information."
> when the information is in the same document, and to use "Refer to <document
> name>" when the information is external to the document.
> Every time I see "Reference <section name>", I come to a screeching halt.
> My co-worker insists this is proper usage, but I just can't get my mind
> around it.
> References (heh) to correct usage would be appreciated. I've been looking
> but so far I can't find ANYTHING that addresses this.
> We really need a style guide.
> Lin Sims
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