|The Return of Persephone [Reading Weekend]|
Fewer Lesses and More Fewers
Literacy is a never-ending journey. It wasn't until I was getting my second Master's degree that I began to understand that the words "less" and "fewer" were not interchangeable. Simply put, the word "less" applies to things that are uncountable and "fewer" applies to things that can be counted. So something may have "less fat" by virtue of having "fewer grams of fat". Once I fully took this concept on, I couldn't keep myself from correcting people (in my head) every time they used "less" when they should have used "fewer". But now I have gotten myself to the point where anytime anyone uses the word "less", even when it is being used correctly, I change it to "fewer" in my head. It is like it has become an OCD (ah, mentioned twice now in this post) Mad Lib game for me. The other day on TV I heard someone say "I am less concerned about that" and in my head I changed it to "I am fewer concerned about that". I've gone mental.