The Year in Review

A Surprise Entry!

First of all, thanks to all of you who have signed up for this blog. I hope you’ve made a few changes that make sense to you.

Let’s take a quick look at some of this year’s highlights:

The dedication: If you haven’t read where the name of the blog really came from, take a moment to read the About section.

We learned we can’t use very in front of first or last.

We learned we can’t put any qualifying word in front of unique; the word needs to stand alone.

We learned that the “s” for the plural of son-in-law goes after son.

Some of us learned that there is no such word as alot. What we mean is a lot—two words.

We learned that saying past history or past experience is redundant.

We learned that no matter what college you may have attended, you can never be an alumni.

We learned the difference between couldn’t care less and could care less.

We learned that reoccur and reoccurring are not real words.

We learned that fewer and less are not to be used interchangeably.

We learned that its’ is an abomination.

We learned that saying “irregardless” is nearly as abominable.

If one of the above doesn’t make sense, just look back at the blog and refresh yourself. Sometimes it takes real work to fight back against the tide!

Thanks for coming onboard. Please feel free to make a suggestion or leave a comment. They are always welcome.

Happy New Year to you all (or all y’all)!



Fewer and Less

I’ve nearly given up on this one. But in the spirit of spitting into the wind, here goes:

Both words refer to smaller amounts of something. If you can count the individual things you’re describing, you say “fewer.” If you can’t count the things, you say “less.”

For example, we say, “I put less salt on now” because we aren’t into getting an exact count of salt crystals. We also say “less water” and “less time” and “less pain.”

But if you can count the things you’re talking about, or they each have individual worth even if there are many, we say “fewer”– such as “fewer people” and “fewer houses” or “fewer incidents.”

We can’t accurately say “We have five less cars on the lot” because we hope that we can count those cars. We say “We have five fewer cars on the lot.”

You could accurately say that something costs less money and be right. You could also say that it costs fewer dollars, and that would be correct. But it would be weird.