Some language battles aren’t worth fighting, but we fight them anyway, don’t we? The one I’m talking about is the ongoing misuse of “then” and “than.” I cannot tell you the number of times every day that I read about something being “more then” something else.
I’ve posted about this before, so I’ll let you get the usage details from that earlier post.
Think of this sort of as a monthly cry for help regarding “more than” and “more then.” I’ve exchanged email with at least one successful Internet marketing writer who told me that, frankly, he didn’t care what correct usage was. He was used to saying “more then” and he was far more interested in making money and teaching others how to make money THEN he was in getting the language right.
Does that mean you can’t do BOTH? Does that mean you make it a matter of pride/honor/arrogance or something to do it wrong intentionally when you’re told the correct usage?
Some days, I wonder whether it really is worth the battle. Then I say something like that out loud, get an irritated frown from my wife the proofreader, and realize — yeah, it’s worth it. For every idiot out there who won’t learn there are a ton of folks who are glad to get the help.
Thanks to all of you who, along with me, try to get this English language thing done right.
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