Small and Little

Bill Palmer w_a_palmer at BELLSOUTH.NET
Thu Jun 17 12:09:03 UTC 2010

These two words are nominal synonyms,  but definitely not interchangeable.

If the BP board chairman had referred to the *little people*, it would have just been patronizing, but *small people* is not only that, but weird, too.  Surprisingly inartful word choice for a Swede, most of whom speak English more precisely than native speakers.  

Bill Palmer

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