Wednesday, February 03, 2016

This doesn't work for me

From NPR's Facebook page:

"Inflation has barely moved but so have wages."

Expand that and you get "Inflation has barely moved but so have wages barely moved."

I don't know about you, but I can't use "barely" that way. It's like a verb of minimal degree - you can not budge an inch, but you can't budge an inch (Bob's not that stubborn; he'll budge an inch / say a word / blink an eye...). For me, that sentence needs to end negatively:

Inflation has barely moved, but neither have wages.

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