Those of a certain age will remember James J. Kilpatrick (1920-2010), a true political pundit (“learned man”) before the term came into popular use. He and Shana Alexandra were sparing partners on 60 Minutes, and that’s how he’s remembered. For years, though he wrote a syndicated column on English and English usage. I remember reading it in high school. It was a true delight.
His book, Fine Print: Reflections of the Writing Art (1993), sits on my desk. Roughly half of it is devoted to “My Crochets and Your Crochets,” an alphabetical list of misused words and phrases with commentary.
farther / further
Old guidelines still govern usage. Use farther for a distance that actually or metaphorically may be measured. Use further in matters of degree.
Good morning from Farther Along Farm where I am getting ready to pull the cucumbers out.