WNW: It Bugs Me Anymore
Some time ago, Erin asked whether any words were particular peeves of mine.
I could easily list of a bunch of broken rules that are peeves (many I've discussed here at Word Nerd Wednesday), but while I knew I had word peeves, I couldn't think of any offhand.
Then I heard one misuse over and over. That's it, I decided. Time to post that one. It's just one word, but a word that is constantly misused and has therefore become a hated one for me:
I know, random, right?
But it's used incorrectly so often that it's like nails on a chalkboard to me. (The title of this post is yelling at me to change it.)
When anymore is correctly used, we refer to a way something once was, and then state it in the negative: It's not that way ANYMORE. Things have changed.
When I got my driver's license, gas was about a dollar a gallon. You can't buy gas that cheaply anymore.
I learned to type in high school, but with the advancement of technology, that's not early enough anymore. Kids needs to learn keyboarding skills in grade school.
THOSE ARE CORRECT USAGES.
What drives me absolutely bonkers is when people use anymore to mean nowadays. It's like they're skipping over the how it used to be part and landing on the anymore part.
Skip all you want.
Just don't use that word if you aren't using it in the negative sense.
Anymore, gas is so expensive.
Kids need to learn to type younger and younger anymore.
Shudder. Just writing those out makes me want to hurl something against a wall. Do you see why the post title is wrong? I hope?
When someone uses anymore incorrectly, they're thinking back on how something has changed, sure, but they aren't mentioning the current situation in the negative. There is no clear reference to the past. There is no anymore.
Easy tip:Use anymore if you're using both sides of a direct comparison ("Things used to be like this, but they have changed and aren't like that anymore"), or if you're referring simply referring to a fact that HAS CHANGED and do so IN THE NEGATIVE ("They aren't as friendly anymore").Use nowadays if you're just jumping ahead and discussing how things are now without a direct or implied comparison of how things have changed: "My kids do the lawn mowing nowadays." Note that we can guess that things used to be different, but there's no negative saying so. (Hence, no anymore.)
Here's the correct usage of both in two situations:
I don't mow the lawn anymore.My kids mow it nowadays.
This radio station plays the weirdest stuff nowadays.I prefer classic rock, but this station doesn't play it anymore.
My nerves thank you in advance.