I’m being a bit of a stirrer this week. A gadfly. Because here’s a word whose increasingly common use to mean a lack of interest drives grammar pedants up the wall (no offence if this describes you, but up the wall is exactly where grammar pedantry belongs, in my book. A nice high wall).
Scrutinise this definition from the Chambers smartphone app and you’ll see this particular usage is in fact the revival of an archaic form, and not something new at all. How do you like it now, pedants? Eh? Bet it fits right in with your insistence on using the word ‘nice’ as Jane Austen would have understood it.
Not that I’m on a soapbox or anything.
Want to find out more about the right way to use the English language, but not keen on grammar Nazis? I don’t blame you. Check out Oliver Kamm’s entertaining Accidence Will Happen: The Non-Pedantic Guide to English Usage.
Lynn is the founder and quality-maven-in-chief of Lexis Writing, a collective of expert writers creating high quality content and copy for businesses in the UK and beyond.
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