Foreign loanwords in transition: What should they look like?

You might be surprised how often this comes up for professional writers and editors.

Bryan Garner, the ace lawyer & editor & language authority, explains:

The more arcane or technical a loanword, the more likely it is to retain a foreign plural, diacritical marks, and italics. The more common it becomes, the more likely it is to lose them.

Corollary: If the loanword becomes widespread, it is most likely to lose italics first, then diacritical marks second, and a foreign plural last.

He provides helpful examples.

You should bookmark Garner’s delightful and erudite blog.

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