The Compulsive Copyeditor

July 18, 2018

“Than” is So Then

Filed under: Uncategorized — amba12 @ 11:01 pm

The fact that transplanted mini-brains can grow to be more complex compared with in vitro organoids mean they could reveal a deeper understanding of how healthy brains develop.

What is it with this construction?? “More compared with y” has been driving me nuts in science editing for several years. What’s wrong with “than,” a compact little word that all by itself does all the comparing you’ll ever need?

For sheer irritation this is right up there with “between five to ten” and “both but also y” and “he spoke to Jason and I” on the list of things that make me want to scream. But those are just vacuous and tone-deaf. This, this “compared with,” is thick as a cholesterol-choked neck, arteriosclerotic with pompous pseudoliteracy.

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