A Whole Nother Common Mistake

By Dave Fox
Seattle, Washington

[This post originally appeared on my Wordsplash blog in 2007.]

wordsplash-home-tmb“Another” is a strange word. It’s really an article and a noun – “an other” – squished together to make a single article. When you throw an adjective into the mix, it wreaks havoc in spoken English.

It seems that nobody ever writes the word, “nother,” but people say it all the time — things like, “I’ve just created a whole nother word!”

“Nother” is not a word. It should be “a whole other word.”

Comments from the original blog:

Yeah, Dave, you’re absolutely correct…but “a whole nother” is just fun to say.

Glad you are doing this fun blog, and I’m really looking forward to reading your Travel Journaling book. I get a lot of ideas from your Travel Writing blog.

Posted by: Joan Kerr | December 05, 2007 at 10:50 PM

Published on Saturday, December 1, 2007

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