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How “Drunk” was the “Drunken Driver?”

DUI. DWI. Letters no one wants on their permanent record, but every time someone drinks and drives, that’s the risk he or she takes.

Unfortunately, too often we hear about how someone young was senselessly cut down too early by a drunk driver.

Also unfortunately, every time you read or hear about a “drunk driver,” you’re hearing an incorrect use of the word “drunk.”

Drunk is the adjective used after the verb to be: He was drunk.

Drunken is the adjective used before nouns and verbs: drunken driving, a drunken driver. 

I promise I was stone cold sober when I wrote this.

Until next time! Use the right words!


October 27, 2011 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , ,

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