Fewer or Less - - -
In a world where people are struggling for their lives, for their freedom, to just live without fear; it is incredibly tiny to have a bugbear.
(Having just typed that introduction, whatever I write now is going to seem trite, so please just pause to give your thoughts time ..)
Please, please forgive this blogpost: but it's going to be a wee rant.
Now on with the light-hearted silliness that is my blog..
My bugbear is about the use of the words fewer or less.
Fewer is an amount that can be counted - there were fewer dogs in the park today.
I bought fewer slices of bacon.
Less is an amount that is measured rather than counted - please use less milk in my tea.
You can't have fewer milk.
My nephew had fewer presents this year. You can't have less presents.
There is less paint left than I thought. You can't have fewer paint.
I have no problem with Joe Bloggs in the street having an issue - but TV presenters and newsreaders I do have an issue with.
Sorry - rant over. (Have a nice rest of your day.)