Wrong Word Wednesday #26

Every week I will demonstrate an example of poor English where a different word is used from the one intended. Sometimes this creates a grammatically incorrect sentence. Unfortunately, the mistake is usually so pervasive that we all do it and such errors are usually made by those who should know better – journalists working for national or global media outlets such as newspapers and television

And welcome to a New Year of Wrong Word Wednesday! I have a few lined up over the next few weaks. Yes, the state of our grammar gets worser every year with less and less people knowing the difference in when they should use one word or another 😉

Either & Or / Neither & Nor

The explanation is actually rather simple. either+or are used in a positive sense and neither+nor are used in a negative sense.

“We can either eat now or after the film” It seems you are offering a choice between two or more possibilities
“I want neither tea nor coffee” you are negating both choices here, that both options are unwanted or in some cases, untrue


2 thoughts on “Wrong Word Wednesday #26

  1. Hmmm, not sure I’ve ever mixed the two, but will be on the look out.

    1. I’ve heard friends and family do it – I guess it might be a “Britishism” 😀

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