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Skeeter Lewis

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March 16, 2012

Total number of comments

165

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It's spelled 'minuscule'. With a U.

Meaningless Use of “key”

  • June 4, 2014, 2:57am

Yes, there's a coterie in the media that gets over-excited by new usages. For example, in the past a writer might say, "Anne was only eighteen." Now, it has to be, "Anne was just eighteen." To me, that means she's had her birthday recently.

Use of multiple periods

  • June 4, 2014, 2:49am

Dots should be used sparingly. When I turn a page and see a swarm of dots, my heart sinks. It looks like amateur day.

Meaningless Use of “key”

  • June 3, 2014, 3:06pm

Key is a buzzword that irritates me too. Much over-used.

fewer / less

  • June 3, 2014, 2:55pm

Thanks, Will. I think it's another instance of Brits misunderstanding American idiom and getting it bass-ackward.
Skeet

“up on top” vs. “up top”

  • May 27, 2014, 4:01pm

As a Brit, I'd just say, "on top".

“Between you and I...”

  • May 27, 2014, 4:00pm

I think the term for this nowadays is 'hypercorrection'.

fewer / less

  • May 27, 2014, 7:40am

I notice Tesco using the line, 'Better than half price'. 'Better than' in this sense is an Americanism that (I think) always means 'more than' not 'less than'.
Perhaps Americans will chime in and tell us if I'm talking rubbish or Tesco is.

Fora vs Forums

  • May 24, 2014, 10:58am

In general, clearly, foreign singulars and plurals are retained when a word is newly introduced but in time the word is naturalized. Remember, vast swathes of English are foreign words that have been gradually absorbed into the mother tongue.

Fora vs Forums

  • May 24, 2014, 10:52am

I'm sorry to hear criteria being used in the singular instead of criterion.
Similarly, 'phenomenon',
Skeet

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