The human drive to express is a deep-seeded one. Or should I say, “deep-seated?” The truth of the matter is that that human drive of ours is often in a hurry, thinks for a second, and misspeaks, mistypes, and misses . . . in this case the deep! Although deep-seeded could make sense, the phrase with historical connotations is deep-seated.

I am a big fan of this book:

(Whoops, I’m two editions behind!) Nerd that I am, I read it cover to cover. It is a reference guide and resource to check (and double-check) expressions and their proper use and spelling.

If you enjoy language or trivia, get it. If you want to write respectably more than conversationally, get it. If you want to honor the history of previous word usage, if you want to laugh a little at human hearing or perception, if you get a book allowance or, frankly, if you could use a little help with your parlance, this is the handy tool you should add to your belt and bookshelf.

Alas, I should add that although I can find intentional misuse kind of clever and ironic, it’s probably obtuse and obnoxious, depending on where or with whom you practice it.

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