In tech journalism, you rarely ‘allow’. You probably ‘enable’.

One of my pet peeves in journalism is the use of the words ‘enable’ and ‘allow’. As a rule of thumb (with some very rare exceptions, which I’ll get to in a minute), whenever you are writing ‘allow’, you probably mean ‘enable’.

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Spraycans enable you to graffiti walls. Criminal damage laws generally disallow it. Local property owners may allow you to paint the walls.

When to use ‘allow’

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