Today, Editing for Grammarphobes is focusing on a few words and phrases that pose some problems for speakers and writers alike.
A word I have heard many people mispronounce, including a sportscaster during yesterday’s Bears-Vikings game, is “acrost.” There is no such word as “acrost.” It is always across.
I couldn’t care less.
Not I could care less.
I bet if you tried hard enough, you could care less. Diana Hacker’s A Writer’s Reference reminds us to be sure to make it negative for it to be correct.
For all intents and purposes.
Not intensive purposes.
Anyway, never anyways. Anyways is nonstandard, according to Hacker. Journey had it right with “Anyway You Want It.”
Chest of drawers.
Not chester drawers.
Chester drawers? Is he any relation to Chester Cheetah?
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