03 November 2009

Still a pedant

Well, yes, I do have ideas for more interesting posts, but no time to write them.

But listen: "moreso" is not a word. It's a mistake. You may have picked it up from your students, but that doesn't make it correct.

Stick with "more." "Moreso" makes you sound stupid, and using "I" after a preposition or as the object of a verb, even more so.

I mean, really, when I want a break from grading I'd like not to keep reading the same damned mistakes on the blogs of other college professors. What are they teaching people in graduate school these days, anyway?


Laura said...
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Moria said...

Oh, bless you and your pedantry. Really. "Moreso" in particular has been driving me more insane than I really ought allow.

meg said...

But you're okay with the two-word formation, right? We don't have to dig up James Madison and Jane Austen in order to excoriate them for their use of "still more so"?

The Bittersweet Girl said...

Crap. I hope it wasn't me.

Dame Eleanor Hull said...

Meg, yes, the two word formulation (so long as it is used correctly) is fine. Stand by for my rant on "meantime."