Garner’s Usage Tip of the Day: Miscellaneous Entries.

Miscellaneous Entries. transformational; transformative. “Transformational” is the broader term, meaning “of or characterized by a change of form or substance.” “Transformative” means causing or (less commonly) susceptible to such a change. transfusible. So spelled — not *”transfusable.” transgression for “transition” is a malapropism — e.g.: “Ms. Ash said the laser center ‘is a natural transgression [read ‘transition’] into a new technology.'” Raquel Santiago, “Firms Turn Eyes to Laser Surgery,” Crain’s Cleveland Bus., 29 Jan. 1996, at 3. Language-Change Index — “transgression” misused for “transition”: Stage 1. transience; *transiency. The latter is a needless variant. transient, adj.; transitory; transitive. “Transient” = coming and going; impermanent; temporary {transient workers}. “Transitory” (= fleeting) has virtually the same meaning but is more commonly applied to things or events than to people {transitory renown}. “Transitive” is a grammatical term denoting a verb that takes a direct object {transitive verbs}. “Transient” is best pronounced /TRAN-shuhnt/ in American English. In British English it is pronounced with three syllables: /TRAN-zee-uhnt/ or /-see-/. transmissible is the standard spelling. *”Transmissable” is a variant. *Invariably inferior form.
Quotation of the Day: “Order and simplification are the first steps toward the mastery of a subject.” Thomas Mann, The Magic Mountain ch. 5 (1924).
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