Word Police "Setting" the Example  

Posted by Benjie in

I was sitting here thinking that it's about time that people learn the difference between sitting and setting. And who is better at setting the record straight than our wonderful friends at the Word Police?

When I read that someone is "setting in line" I always want to ask, "What is it that you are setting in the line?" You know, because to set something is to place it. Or perhaps they are talking about a setting in the line, like a place setting or a setting on the dial that helps your reception.

Here, my children is the problem:

To set means to place something--for instance when you are setting the table, you are either moving a table from one place in the room to another, or you are placing the utensils on top of the table in preparation for a meal.

On the other hand, if you are biding your time in line while waiting your turn to order a meal, you are sitting. Old men sit around telling stories from the good old days, they do not set around doing the same thing.

Again, I'm just saying. It probably didn't bother you until you read this post.

Have a good day, my friend and fellow traveler.

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