Intensive care

One of the things I really hate is hearing broadcasters mangle common expressions. Especially when so many other people do. Here’s today’s grammar lesson (from here). The correct option is of course the bottom option. It makes much more sense. And you’re an idiot if you get it wrong.


Mark says:

The correct option is of course the bottom option

unless you're discussing use of college resources during summer school…

Andrew says:

Perhaps you can shed some decisive light on the 'founder / flounder' usage. I think that when one falters, they are foundering, what say you?

Mark says:

The free dictionary seems to support you:

Usage Note: The verbs founder and flounder are often confused. Founder comes from a Latin word meaning "bottom" (as in foundation) and originally referred to knocking enemies down; it is now also used to mean "to fail utterly, collapse." Flounder means "to move clumsily, thrash about," and hence "to proceed in confusion." If John is foundering in Chemistry 1, he had better drop the course; if he is floundering, he may yet pull through.

They do note on the flounder page it could be a derivative of founder (though the current meaning does sound like what the fish does when you get it on land).

Guthers says:

I'm sure there's a camping dolphin joke in there somewhere…
Awesome website – I dare say I will learn a thing or two from that. Bookmarked it.
I have a friend who used to say "I beg the differ". How embarassing.
Is there an intentional link between this website and your first sentence of the previous post? (The man of your dreams)

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