Write It Right: Transaction

Transaction for Action, or Incident. ‘The policeman struck the man with his club, but the transaction was not reported.’ ‘The picking of a pocket is a criminal transaction.’ In a transaction two or more persons must have an active or assenting part; a business transaction, Transactions of the Geographical Society, etc. The Society’s action would be better called Proceedings.”

Excerpted from: Bierce, Ambrose. Write it Right: A Little Blacklist of Literary Faults. Mineola, NY: Dover, 2010.

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