Thursday, February 27, 2014

times/multiply: Common Errors in English Usage Entry for Thursday, February 27, 2014

School children struggling with their times tables often say that they “times” one number by another. It’s “2 times 2,” but the mathematical operation being performed is not “timesing.”

Some unfortunate folks carry this childish vocabulary into adulthood, continuing to use “times” as a verb meaning “multiply.” If you’re old enough to handle three-syllable words you can manage this one.

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