Garner’s Usage Tip of the Day: save.

save. “Save,” in the sense “except,” is an archaism best avoided. But as the following examples illustrate, it still occasionally appears — e.g.: o “Everyone, save [read except] for a handful of brief, part-time employees, came back.” Lauri Githens, “The Club That Wouldn’t Die,” Buffalo News, 1 Apr. 1994, Gusto §, at 16. o “He was named the Final Four’s most outstanding player, an award that seemed absolutely deserving to everyone save [read except] Dean E. Smith.” Mark Bradley, “1995 Men’s Basketball Championship,” Atlanta J.-Const., 19 Mar. 1995, at F8. o “He did, however, have six runner-up finishes in that time period — one in each year, save [read except] for 1986 when he had two.” “Rose Thinking Green These Days,” Chattanooga Free Press, 28 Mar. 1997, at H2. For information about the Language-Change Index click here. ——————– Quotation of the Day: “The more abstract your argument, the more you should lace it with what I call ‘word pictures’ — illustrations, analogies, vivid quotations, metaphors, similes. These are aids not only to your readers’ understanding but also to their memory. In fact, they’ll probably remember your illustration or analogy far longer than the abstract idea itself.” John R. Trimble, Writing with Style 76 (2d ed. 2000).
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