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Wednesday, 1 August 2007

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In my last post I used the word 'perusing' in the context of light browsing.

Turns out I was wrong.
pe·ruse (p-rz)
tr.v. pe·rused, pe·rus·ing, pe·rus·es
To read or examine, typically with great care.
[Middle English perusen, to use up : Latin per-, per- + Middle English usen, to use; see use.]
pe·rusa·ble adj.
pe·rusal n.
pe·ruser n.
Usage Note: Peruse has long meant "to read thoroughly" and is often used loosely when one could use the word read instead. Sometimes people use it to mean "to glance over, skim," as in I only had a moment to peruse the manual quickly, but this usage is widely considered an error. Sixty-six percent of the Usage Panel finds it unacceptable.
I feel sick.

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7 Comments:
Blogger Paul said...

We all make mistakes, chief. But you've done the right thing; you've done all you can to rectify the mistake and you're educating others in the process. I, for one, salute you.

1 August 2007 20:46  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I usually use this word to denote the "careful" or "thoughtful" reading of something. I do, however, find that I only use the word when describing something you wouldn't usually "peruse", such as a menu or a brochure. It's a juxtaposition of intensity, perhaps. Or I think it's humorous to use a haughty word to describe a pithy object.

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