Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Word PSA

Then is an adverb "referring to a time specified, either past or future."

Than is a conjunction "used after certain adjectives and adverbs which express comparison or diversity, as more, better, other, otherwise, and the like."

My dilemma:

On the one hand, I am a libertarian. My guiding interpersonal ethical principle is "don't initiate force."

On the other hand, when I come across someone using the former term in a sentence calling for the latter term, the urge to go buy an acetylene torch, track the offender down, and burn off the fingertips which typed said abomination is nearly irresistible.

Please help me stick to my principles. Please.

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