Tuesday, May 5, 2015

obsolescent/obsolete: Common Errors in English Usage Entry for Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Many people assume the word “obsolescent” must be a fancy form of “obsolete,” but something obsolescent is technically something in the process of becoming obsolete. Therefore it’s an error to describe something as “becoming obsolescent.”

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