Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Hard to Get Right


The writer evidently meant hard to miss (New Paper, 25 November 2008).

2 comments:

jun said...

hrmmm, doesn't 'not hard to miss' mean about the same thing? or is there a difference?

The Grammar Terrorist said...

Yes, there's a difference.

The standard expression is 'hard to miss' ... meaning that something is so obvious that you have to try very hard to miss noticing it.

The opposite, 'not hard to miss', would mean 'easy to miss' ... meaning that something is so well hidden that it's easy to miss noticing it, i.e. you have to try very hard to spot it.