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binary words

Filed under: — adrian @ 10:52 pm

Generally I’m a more of a descriptive linguist, but I do have a couple language pet peeves, one of which is misuse of binary words.

Perfect, for example. Something is or it isn’t. It can’t be pretty perfect or very perfect. It can be almost perfect; that works.

Unique, is another example. Is it one of a kind? Then it’s unique.

I’m all for saying over or understating things for effect. Like “I’m pretty much very perfect”. Hilarious, but grammatical error is still not correct and such a statement should only be used for its humorous value!

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