Thursday, March 22, 2012

This drives me crazy.

From Sports Illustrated's Peter King, a professional writer.
The other day, Browns president Mike Holmgren inferred strongly to his season ticket holders in a conference call that he felt the trade St. Louis made with Washington was influenced by the relationship between the two coaches involved -- good friend Mike Shanahan of the Redskins and Jeff Fisher of the Rams.
No he did not. No one ever "infers to." "Infer" is not "imply." One "implies to" and "infers from." It's analogous to the difference between "read" and "write." One "implying" is communicating; one "inferring" is receiving the communication.

And a writer ought to know the difference...




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