07-02-08 - 4

Paul Brians' Common Errors in English Usage . Wow, this guy is more of a dick than I. It's a pretty damn good page though, it's quite an encyclopedic compendium of retardation; he's got one of my biggest pet peeves : misuse of exponential . I love the way he writes about "orders of magnitude" :

Many pretentious writers have begun to use the expression "orders of magnitude" without understanding what it means. [...]
If you don�t have a firm grasp on such concepts, it�s best to avoid the expression altogether.

Unfortunately he has diluted his pearls by cluttering the page with many simple mis-spellings, and entries that are just plain foolish, like his silly suggestion for the cake line

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