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Errors in English

true designation is "a disorderly rabble," or "the lower classes," as the vulger herd.

him and me: It is a vulgar error to use the objective for the nominative. One should not say, "Him and me are going to Bermuda," say, rather, "He and I (or preferably 'we') are going to Bermuda." Do not say, "Between you and I," but say, "Between you and me," or "Between us."

hire. Compare lease.

holocaust: A term sometimes misused owing to a lexicographical error which attributes to the word the meaning of "any great disaster." According to this the Johnstown Flood, the Galveston storm, and the fire in the Paris bazaar all were holocausts, but this is erroneous. Holocaust is derived from the Greek holos, entire, whole, and kaustos, burnt, and its principal meaning is "a sacrificial offering burnt whole or entirely consumed." Figuratively, the term may be applied to destruction by fire, as the burning of the steamer "General Slocum" in the East River, New York, or the great fire in Baltimore, but not to loss as by shipwreck or collision unless attended by fire.

holy: The word means not only "morally excellent" but also "set apart for the service of God"; and therefore the criticism that "to keep holy the Sabbath day" is a meaningless injunction as every

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