Monday, April 13, 2015

shear/sheer: Common Errors in English Usage Entry for Monday, April 13, 2015

You can cut through cloth with a pair of shears, but if the cloth is translucent it’s sheer. People who write about a “shear blouse” do so out of sheer ignorance.

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