Sunday, December 7, 2008

The tenants of ideology

Another pet hate... I have seen this one 6 or 7 times in the last few months.

"they took the basic tenants of evolution"

That's "tenets", dammit. Why has it suddenly become "tenants" all over the place?


Dana Hunter said...

Because people can't tell the difference between a word meaning "residents" and a word meaning "principles."

But this could lead to a lot of pedantic fun: "I see your tenants of ID and serve them with an eviction notice."


AhooahHot said...
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AhooahHot said...

The reason WHY is laziness.

The reason WHY is spell-check.

The reason WHY is people who hear a word and say, I think, "I'll use that word!" without checking it's spelling or an educated people. Unfortunately, many of these people are English and Journalism majors. Masters, bachelors, etc.