Moving Toward Correct Usage
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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