[Ads-l] "GOP lurches _FARTHER_ to the right!"

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Sun Oct 1 08:26:11 EDT 2017


Farthermore....

JL

On Sat, Sep 30, 2017 at 6:23 PM, Barretts Mail <mail.barretts at gmail.com>
wrote:

> I’ve never been cognizant of the difference and have decided it’s not
> worth worrying about.
>
> Here’s what Wiktionary (https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/farther) says:
>
>> Some usage guides distinguish farther and further, with farther referring
> to distance, and further referring to degree or time.[2] Others, such as
> the OED, recommend farther as a comparative form of far and further for use
> when it is not comparative.[3]
>
> However, most authorities consider the two interchangeable in most or all
> circumstances,[4] and historically they have not been distinguished.[1][2]
>>
> Even if you want to use modern rules such as the first set, which should
> you use in the case of vowels? Are [e] and [o] farther (more distant) or
> further (more different in quality) than [e] and [i]? I guess you could
> exploit the first arcane differentiation between farther and further, with
> the result that pretty much nobody would get the distinction.
>
> Benjamin Barrett
> Formerly of Seattle, WA
>
> > On 30 Sep 2017, at 15:11, Wilson Gray <hwgray at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
> >
> > It’s not very often that you see or hear _farther_ used where it should
> be
> > used, anymore. It’s almost as though _farther_, like _lie, lay, lain_,
> has
> > been erased from the language. I’m not much concerned with the politics
> > behind that sentence.
> >
> > On Sat, Sep 30, 2017 at 1:24 AM Dave Hause <dwhause at cablemo.net> wrote:
> >
> >> Maybe it only SEEMS that way because the Dems are lurching further to
> the
> >> left.
> >> Dave Hause
> >> -----Original Message-----
> >> From: Wilson Gray
> >> Sent: Friday, September 29, 2017 8:25 PM
> >> To: ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
> >> Subject: "GOP lurches _FARTHER_ to the right!"
> >>
> >> Shouldn’t that read:
> >>
> >> ''GOP lurches _further_ to the right!''? 🤡
>
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