Dalrymple gets in touch with his inner H.W. Fowler

A couple of elementary howlers

Call him fuddy-duddy if you like, but Dalrymple insists on the proper distinction between refute and deny and between disinterest and uninterest. He writes:

Attendance to language may sometimes be pedantic in the worst sense, but it may also be vitally important. We should not demand more precision of words than their subject matter permits; neither should we demand less.

H.W. Fowler: athletic grammarian and lexicographer

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  • James  On January 22, 2019 at 08:59

    The confusion between “reciprocal” and “mutual” is another annoyance. The difference between ignorance and nescience should also be observed.

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