Friday, May 07, 2010


The first highlighted word, incidences, is wrong; make it incidents (Straits Times, 27 April 2010). 

An incidence is ‘the extent to which something happens or has an effect, e.g. an area with a high incidence of crime’ (Oxford Advanced Learner’s). 

By contrast, an incident is ‘something that happens, usually something unusual or unpleasant, e.g. His bad behaviour was just an isolated incident’.

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