Wonderings and Googlings: Healthy vs. Healthful
Blog Post by June Casagrande - Dec.08.2008 - 10:03 am
healthy diet = 4,390,000 hits
healthful diet = 144,000 hits
1 having good health; well; sound
2 showing or resulting from good health -- "a healthy color"
3 healthful This was on my mind today because the Los Angeles Times uses "healthful" this way most or all of the time. Or at least its Health section does. I'm sure that's a rule based on years of dealing with misinformed grammar-snob readers. Frankly, if I were them, I'd do the same. It's not worth the fight. So I figured that, while a Google search showed a preference for "healthy diet," a Google News search was likely to show a preference for "healthful diet." Interestingly, I was wrong. healthy diet = 735 hits
healthful diet = 28 hits Interesting ...
June Casagrande was born in March and lives in a small house. She wrote a grammar/humor book called "Mortal Syntax" and, before that, one called "Grammar Snobs Are Great Big Meanies." She sincerely hopes you buy a million copies of each.
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