Date: Thu, 17 Jul 1997 12:41:46 -0700
From: "A. Maberry" maberry[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]U.WASHINGTON.EDU
Subject: Re: As best as I can remember
it grates on me too. "to the best of your recollection ..." sounds fine.
language inflation? maybe it's just a conflation of the two phrases.
maberry[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]u.washington.edu
On Thu, 17 Jul 1997, Duane Campbell wrote:
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]epix.net