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26 January 2010

Dear friend,

You were one of the first people I shared my blog link with — but I don’t think you’ve ever come here more than that one time.

More than anything, I would hate for you to come for a visit and think that I was being snarky about you at your expense. If that were to happen, then I would be a very sad blogger, indeed.

We do visit on Facebook quite a bit, and, well, something has been bothering me quite a bit. I know, I know — it’s completely my problem. It’s petty petty petty, but I don’t think there’s anything I can do about it — it’s in my editing genes. What’s also in my genes is the danger of keeping things bottled up inside. Noticing the error takes me over, I can’t concentrate on anything else, and then I explode. That would be worse than the momentary irritation I feel every time this quirk of yours pops up, so, I have decided to say this on my blog (where you don’t visit, and even if you did, I hope you see that I am not being snarky at all).

Here goes.

It’s more than. More — than. With an “a”. More then means nothing at all.

Phew! I am so happy to get that off my chest. Have a great day!

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10 Comments leave one →
  1. 26 January 2010 2:55 pm

    Snort.

  2. 27 January 2010 3:53 am

    Amen to that.

  3. cowgirl permalink
    27 January 2010 8:27 am

    feel better ? 😀

  4. 27 January 2010 10:14 am

    Yikes. Let us know if it works.

    Then, please, take on “alot.”

    And after that, people who “loose” weight or luggage.

    Don’t even get me started on “tad bit.”

    You’ve seen this? http://theoatmeal.com/comics/misspelling

  5. cowgirl permalink
    27 January 2010 11:38 am

    haha– that is great KathyR!!!

  6. 27 January 2010 1:01 pm

    “Hopefully” needs to be addressed, too, she thought hopefully…
    and another danged thing, “on accident”, as in “He did it on accident”. Huh?! How’s about “It was AN accident”?!

  7. 27 January 2010 7:17 pm

    We editors are in constant pain as we read online, because although everyone needs an editor, very few people who post their writing online hire an editor.

  8. 28 January 2010 9:35 am

    Phew. I’m sure I make my share of grammatical errors, but luckily I’m certain this isn’t me.

  9. Three of Four permalink
    29 January 2010 10:42 am

    Ha! While I love my red pen as much as the next person, I’ve never held high expectations for FB posts. (I’ve always considered them glorified text messages, and we lost the fight in that arena before it even started.) Now, since I can’t really access FB except from a 2.5 inch screen most of the day, I’m sure my increased typo rate doesn’t give me much credibility either!

  10. 1 February 2010 9:59 am

    Sure it means something.

    “What happens if you had four quarts of water, and you pour some out?”

    “I have less water.”

    “What if Jim pours three quarts of water into your container?”

    “Well, I have more then.”

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