Thursday, October 11, 2007

Minor Grammar/Usage Rant Number 1

I know this isn't really related to xeriscaping, keeping up with an old house, or criminal trials, but I feel compelled to comment:

It seems that many people are now using the phrase, "...graduated high school" or college or 5th grade or whatever. The problem is that "graduating," without the subsequent "from" word, indicates some kind of gradation, separation, or indication of hierarchy on some level, and so that just doesn't make sense.

Think about throwing a bunch of dirt into a coarsely-graded screen, then continuing to filter that resulting dirt through even more finely-graded screens: THAT would be "graduating" soil.

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