I personally have no formal education in English Language beyond GCSE. I read, and enjoy reading, but some of the technicalities of language are beyond me. I beg you to excuse my ignorance whilst I list a few from the podgram that could do with clarification.
-The distinction between ‘less’ and ‘fewer’. I recognise that ‘5 items or fewer’ sounds better, looks better, and have no doubt in its correctness. However I find it hard to define ‘fewer’ as anything more technical than ‘less than’, and vice versa.
-Uninterested and Disinterested?
-Infer and Imply?
-None of these are of importance, None of them is of importance.
Before any Fry fanatics worry, I am not hoping to become a language fascist, learning the mechanics of language to correct my friends and make myself feel smarter. It is simply something that interests me, and as Stephen himself mentions, it is always useful to be able to ‘dress-up’ your language. This is very important for me as a student regarding academic essays and interviews.
Once again, please excuse my blaring ignorance. Any feedback will be appreciated greatly.