[Ads-l] "GOP lurches _FARTHER_ to the right!"
mail.barretts at GMAIL.COM
Sat Sep 30 18:23:27 EDT 2017
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. Others, such as the OED, recommend farther as a comparative form of far and further for use when it is not comparative.
However, most authorities consider the two interchangeable in most or all circumstances, and historically they have not been distinguished.
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.
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
>> 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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