Moving Toward Correct Usage

by Erin Brenner on June 12, 2012

Last week, one of Copyediting’s Twitter followers asked, “Is it afterwards or afterward, towards or toward?” Let’s find out.

The suffix –ward goes back to the Old English –weard, meaning “toward,” according to the Online Etymology Dictionary, and comes to us from the Proto-Germanic –warth. It’s also a variant of the Proto-Indo-European –wert, “to turn, wind.” Clearly, –ward is not a newcomer. …

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