Friday, February 18, 2011

Nice post on misused word cousins

Go here if you wonder about lay/lie, literally/figuratively, fewer/less, or such conundrums.


  1. If I recall correctly (it has been a little while), Steven Pinker also discussed these classes of words in his book THE LANGUAGE INSTINCT.

  2. I've read sections of that book, Jamie, but not the one on word cousins (assuming it's there). It's an interesting book, but I don't ascribe to the view that language is innate.