I've now noticed two specific word-choice errors
across several stories by several different authors,
so I'm not "picking on" anyone. (Before anyone even
*thinks* about taking this personally and getting up
in arms. <g>) This isn't an invitation for a general
grammar pet peeve free-for-all, but these two errors
are causing me (and no doubt others) some confusion
when reading stories. As neither is a single-author
problem, I'm posting (with apologies) to the list
I've now seen several stories where this word is used
to refer to a facial expression. "Statement" is not
the correct word. I realize that a number of fanfic
writers do not speak English as their native language,
and as someone who speaks a couple herself, this looks
to me like a simple translation error. We can make
verbal statements and have verbal expressions. But a
'statement' is not something our faces wear. :)
"Expression" is the correct word. I suppose you could
*use* statement in the right metaphorical context, but
every time I hit this in a story, it throws me.
"accept" versus "except"
They sound similar when spoken aloud. They mean
near-diametrical opposites. "Accept" is to agree with
or include. "Except" is to exclude or divide from.
Using the wrong word makes you say the opposite of
what you mean. Sometimes, the confusion (and real
intent) is obvious. Sometimes, it *isn't*. Beware.
Cheers, apologies, and returning us all to our
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