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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Get It Right

I am not a grammar Nazi nor a spelling guru, but this annoys me. "Peruse" does not mean to "skim quickly."
verb [ trans. formalread thoroughly or carefully the pursed lips of an auditor perusing an unsatisfactory set of accounts.• examine carefully or at length Laura perused a Caravaggio.DERIVATIVESperuser nounORIGIN late 15th cent. (in the sense 'use up, wear out' ): perhaps fromper- [thoroughly] use , but compare with Anglo-Norman Frenchperuser 'examine.'USAGE The verb peruse means 'read thoroughly and carefully.' It is sometimes mistakenly taken to mean 'read through quickly, glance over,' as in later documents will be perused rather than analyzed thoroughly, a sentence that technically makes no sense.

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