Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Pedant's Corner: Fewer or Less?

It's a sign Even the most dedicated pedants seem to be getting bored with the possessive apostrophe. The trendy thing to pick people up on currently seems the be use of fewer (use when objects can be counted individually) or less (use with objects or quantities which cannot be counted).

The distinction is a shibboleth I intend to use as I devote the next year to tormenting these pedants.