Wednesday, December 10, 2008

As a Service to Anyone Who Writes Sentences

Copyblogger presents The Inigo Montoya Guide to 27 Commonly Misused Words.

I'm certainly guilty of misusing "afterwards" and "towards," and probably more. I also find myself rewriting e-mails to avoid "hopefully" once or twice a week.


Robert Hutchinson said...

Hopefully, a list such as this is mostly unique in its nitpickery on some of these items. Language, it changes.

Andrew Wheeler said...

Robert: Yes, language does change -- but it's in the interests of all language-users to do their bit to keep it from changing in the direction of being less precise and more confusing.

Every time someone uses "less" to describe a countable item, the Sad Baby Jesus cries.

Robert Hutchinson said...

Well, Sad Baby Jesus *would* do that.

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