Date: Thu, 17 Jul 1997 11:41:24 +0000

From: Duane Campbell dcamp[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]EPIX.NET

Subject: As best as I can remember

Watching the Senate Finance Committee hearings just now (I don't have much

of a life), an attorney asked, "As best as you can remember . . ."

It seems to me that in the last few years this phrase has almost completely

replaced "as well as", even among well educated speakers. It grates on my

ears. Am I wrong to think that this is grammatically incorrect, that you

cannot compare a superlative? Is it language inflation? Or am I just being


Duane Campbell dcamp[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]