Fewer Words

Free Week and I thought that I had something ready, but I don’t.
Instead and in a rush, (because of a family emergency), I have a short rant.

There are words that suddenly seems to have disappeared from conversational, official and reported English, some of which I have mentioned before.

The latest word that seems to be MIA?


Everyone, (including those at the podium with the President’s coronavirus task force), seem to say “less” when they should be using the word ‘fewer’.

The words are not interchangeable.


Pray that there will be less virus spread around and fewer cases of infection.

About Tonette Joyce

Tonette was a once-fledgling lyricists-bookkeeper, turned cook/baker/restaurateur and is now exploring different writing venues,(with a stage play recently completed). She has had poetry and nonfiction articles published in the last few years. Tonette has been married to her only serious boyfriend for more than thirty years and she is, as one person described her, family-oriented almost to a fault. Never mind how others have described her, she is,(shall we say), a sometime traditionalist of eclectic tastes.She has another blog : "Tonette Joyce:Food,Friends,Family" here at WordPress.She and guests share tips and recipes for easy entertaining and helps people to be ready for almost anything.
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7 Responses to Fewer Words

  1. Jeff Salter says:

    I agree and I also mourn the loss of proper usage of words we were taught about in school.
    In fact, there are LESS examples of correct grammar everywhere.
    Just had to zing you with that one.

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  2. Funny man! My FIRST GRADE teacher must be spinning in her grave, not to mention the phenomenal teachers who served in the ‘Melting Pot’ immigrant neighborhoods and were sticklers for proper English.

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  3. trishafaye says:

    Hmmmm, now I’m wondering about my own usage of these two words!I may be guilty of these infractions myself.

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    • Well,STOP IT, Trisha! LOL!
      I am glad to be of public service by calling this to your attention.
      I am having waaaaay too much fun at your expense, My Dear, but bear with me, I am getting punchy, one day into complete quarantine with a husband who already had cabin fever and a 17 yr old who ALWAYS has cabin fever!

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  4. Patricia Kiyono says:


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  5. Elaine Cantrell says:

    You should have heard some of my students. It would make you want to cry.


    • Oh, I have ex- and current daughters-on-law and who make me want to scream about certain idiosyncrasies in their speech, (even the higher-educated ones). Fortunately, most fo the grandkids have managed to do quite well, although I do correct them
      when necessary…you bet I do!


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