A Plethora of Errors

As a writer on language, I’m especially sensitive to mistakes I encounter while reading. They seem to leap off the page, and I gleefully seize them as potential material for this column. Here are some of my recent “catches,” all from major newspapers: “The restaurant...

Confusables Redux

I never run out of examples of word pairs that are commonly confused. Here’s another list: • “Fear of weight gain may mitigate against effective psychiatric treatments.” The writer meant militate, which means to exert a force or influence. To mitigate means to...