Monday, January 28, 2013

preemptory/peremptory: Common Errors in English Usage Entry for Monday, January 28, 2013

“Peremptory” (meaning “imperative”) is often misspelled and mispronounced “preemptory” through confusion caused by the influence of the verb “preempt,” whose adjectival form is actually “preemptive.”

Brilliant elucidation! Read Paul Brians' latest blog post here.

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