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The Greatest, Finest, Best-est, Most Awesomest Superlative

Superlatives are fun, especially when people misuse them.

Take, for example, the suffix -est. Its dictionary definition reads, “used to form the superlative degree of adjectives and adverbs.” In researching its usage, I found in Yahoo! Answers this concise advice: “If you are the –est of something, no one is more than you at that thing, by definition.”

I couldn’t have said it better.

This same person also said that -est could be replaced with the word most. There are several entries for this word, but its appropriate definition reads, “often used with an adjective or adverb to form the superlative.”

So, there is never a good time or reason to use most and -est together, yet people do. At a recent networking meeting, I heard someone talking about something that was “the most safest option.”

I didn’t know an option could be more safe if it’s already the safest. Oh, if people could hear the things they say, they probably wouldn’t say them.

Until next time! Use the right words!


November 22, 2013 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , ,

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