The abuse of ‘both’

July 5, 2008

Is it difficult to understand that this word is used when referring to two items only, for example ‘Both the cheese and the chocolate look inviting’? Apparently it is difficult for the organizers of a recent conference on thinking skills. According to the information brochure, one of the presenters has turned ‘his research into award-winning practice in both education, business and industry’. Oh, deary me – and these are supposed to be the best thinkers in the world?

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