Saturday, January 12, 2013

self-worth/self-esteem: Common Errors in English Usage Entry for Saturday, January 12, 2013

To say that a person has a low sense of self-worth makes sense, though it’s inelegant. But people commonly truncate the phrase, saying instead, “He has low self-worth.” This would literally mean that he isn’t worth much rather than that he has a low opinion of himself. “Self-esteem” sounds much more literate.

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