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“Besides,” I’m “Beside” You

Careful with the letter s, for it not only pluralizes words, it can change the meaning.

Take beside and besides. Without the s,  the word means “at the side of.” Add the letter, and the new word means “in addition to,” “except for” or “however.”

Therefore, you can’t stand besides a person. Besides, it sounds funny to “stand in addition to a person,” stand except for a person” or “stand however a person.”

Tammy Wynette had the right idea when she co-wrote “Stand By Your Man.” She could have used beside, but the song probably wouldn’t have been as popular. Sing it both ways and decide for yourself.

Until next time! Use the right words!


February 14, 2012 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , ,

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