animist wrote:I hate "least worst", which should have been "least bad" but always seems to be used instead of it
People say things like "As good as this is, it could be better", but I feel the first "as" is redundant and a newcomer - yes?
Not sure about the first of those meself.
"He was the least worse choice," seems to fit better between, "He was the worst..." and "He was the best..." than "He was the least bad..." I keep wanting to write "baddest"! Is "least worse" the same as "least best"?
Leaving the "As" out still leaves a coherent sentence - and some say the least words the better! Somehow, though, I want to keep changing it to "Good though this is . . .", "As good as . . ." or "Good as . . ." seems an ambivalent phrasing - or is that just the editor in me?
Oh, talking about coherent: in a story I just finished a character "... gave an incoherent wave of the hand." Just word inflation for "unclear" or "incomprehensible"?
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