Garner’s Usage Tip of the Day: share.

share. This word appears in various redundant phrases, such as *"share in common," *"share together," and *"both share" — e.g.: o “Elway and Dan Marino have been playing contract leapfrog with Elway always getting the last leap. They both share [read ‘have’] the same agent, Marvin Demoff of Los Angeles, and that’s the way he’s always done it, ever since they were rookies.” Joseph Sanchez, “Tom Dempsey’s Record 63-Yarder Turns 25,” Denver Post, 5 Nov. 1995, Sports §, at C3. o “This is one book families may want to own so it can be pulled out often to share together [read ‘look at together’ or ‘share’].” Sue Struthers, “Poetry Allows Every Child to Taste Words,” Press-Enterprise (Riverside, Cal.), 1 Dec. 1996, at D5. o “Madison and St. Clair counties share common [read ‘share’ or ‘have common’] roots emerging from basically working-class people.” “Did Racism Cause Defeat of Garcia?” St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 7 Dec. 1996, at 34. o “Coincidentally, although they shared [read ‘had’] little else in common and perhaps never even met, they both owed it to Heidelberg that they were admitted into George’s world.” Robert E. Norton, Secret Germany 624 (2002). *Invariably inferior forms. For information about the Language-Change Index click here. ——————– Quotation of the Day: “If you are to continue to be a law to yourself, you must beware of the first signs of laziness. This idealism in honesty can only be supported by perpetual effort; the standard is easily lowered, [and] the artist who says ‘It will do,’ is on the downward path.” Robert Louis Stevenson, Learning to Write 14 (1888; repr. 1920).
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