Friday, 11 April 2008

Re Incredulous

TSF isn't perfect, although numerous reporters, columnists and editors in our audience prefer that we get it right the first time.

We appreciate criticisms and corrections, but we do have to challenge the sender of the following comment regarding the use of the word "incredulous" in our "Take a Flyer" posting.

"Suggest you investigate the difference between incredulous and incredible," writes Vic Deboni.

We were confident when we used "incredulous," but off we went to Merriam-Webster and the online dictionary agrees:



: unwilling to admit or accept what is offered as true : not credulous : skeptical

: incredible

: expressing incredulity incredulous stare>
in·cred·u·lous·ly adverb

usage Sense 2 was revived in the 20th century after a couple of centuries of disuse. Although it is a sense with good literary precedent—among others Shakespeare used it—many people think it is a result of confusion with incredible, which is still the usual word in this sense.

The key word is "usual." Let the countless other blogs be "usual." We prefer to be flexible.

But thank you for your comment, Vic.

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