More pedantic nitpicking

I see that the editors at the Associated Press don’t know the distinction between “anxious” and “eager.” If I’m anxious about something, that could make me eager to get it over with, but I’m not, properly speaking, anxious to get it over with.

And Jacob Levy notes that the editors of the Wall Street Journal don’t know “if” from “whether.”

I don’t know if I’m anxious to read any more of this.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: