Thursday, May 31, 2007

This One's for Rob

Not PC links to a list of correctives for common solecisms. Rob gets pretty worked up about these types of things, so I'm sure he'll appreciate the Economist's efforts.


Blogger Rob Tarr said...

Damn straight!! I was beginning to think I was the last person in Western Civilization who still deplored the use of "begging the question" to incorrectly mean "this question is begging to be asked". Even the WSJ has now misused it on its front page.

Three cheers for the Economist. When a word like "decimate" loses its precise definition and devolves into having a vague associative meaning connoting "destroy", the English language loses one more bit of conceptual clarity and precision of expression.

8:42 PM  

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