The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #132499 Message #3993468
Posted By: Nigel Parsons
22-May-19 - 04:00 PM
Thread Name: BS: Language Pet Peeves
Subject: RE: BS: Language Pet Peeves
Going back even further:
"apparent confusion when dealing with their/they're/there or whose/who's or your/you're..."
I think most people understand these forms. Mistakes happen because people are typing fast.
NO! people don't type 'fast', they type quickly.
'Fast' is an adjective (he was a fast runner) not an adverb (he ran fast).
It may only be used as an adverb when given the meaning "firm" or "solid", as in to "stand fast" or to "hold fast". Biblically "He hath made the round world so fast that it cannot be moved"
Yes, I know the language moves on, but changing the meaning of words dilutes the ability to make clear, unambiguous comments.