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‘Interim’ is a 3-syllable word meaning interval

Okay, I have to say this now before I explode. Jon Stewart just said “in-term” when he meant “interim.” Why do so many people on TV get that wrong!? I’m distressed that my beloved Jon Stewart is one of the unfortunate misinformed.

Interim” is a 3-syllable word meaning the interval of time between two events. “In-term” is not the same thing; in fact, I’m not sure it’s anything at all. I’ll bet I hear this error at least once a day. I’m convinced those people mean “interim” but first misheard it as “in-term” and have perpetuated the mistake because they never read and see it in print.

It’s in-ter-im, not in-term. Learn the diff. Save me from an ulcer.

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  1. Irregardless, announcers will continue to grow the word because it is impactful. (I need to unclench my jaw now. My blood pressure rose 10 points just from writing that.)
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  2. Arrrrrrrrrrgh!

    Terri – there is no such word as Irregardless! It is “Regardless”. I am a pedant,

    My pet hate – and this is 99% of Americans “alot” It is a lot, not one word, two, with a space!

    If you are on Facebook, look up my name – I am in a perfect group for you! 😀

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"Nothing is more dangerous than ignorance and intolerance armed with power." ~ Voltaire

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