moreso

Sesquiotica

This word is a lexical morceau that, it turns out, is not to everyone’s taste. There are some who believe that it should be – must only ever be – two words, and that moreso is like a miscegenation from the Island of Dr. Moreau. They are prone to making martial morsures into those who leave out that little space. They are peeved like those incensed by incent, or even moreso.

As witness I present a tweet I saw last fall, twotten by someone I will leave unidentified so as not to seem personal about it:

It seems like one would have to have read very little over a lifetime to think that “more so” was one word…

It occurs to me that the more one reads, the more likely one is to encounter variant forms. And since English speakers will often infer that odd variants we see must…

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