Youth is a wonderful thing. What a crime to waste it on children. - George Bernard Shaw
Question #4744 posted on 04/05/2004 midnight
Q:

Pa Grape-

It's not "for all intensive purposes." It's "for all intents AND purposes." Promise. Wasn't going to mention it but it just kept showing up...

- Nitpicker

A: Dear Nitpicker,

That one bugs me, as does "I could care less," because they always mean they COULDN'T care less.

- FCSM the former copy editor
A: All,
But seriously, for all intensive purposes, I could care less what the correct form is.
Sorry, just kidding, but SOMEbody had to make that joke.
::: Latro :::
A: Dear Nitpicker,

No no, I meant the extreme matters at hand.

-Pa Grape
PS: Thanks for the clarification.
A: Dear Nitpicker,

Hey, I sorta like that. It sounds like something you'd say about a heavy-duty bathroom cleaning product. Or about a construction worker's hard had. Or maybe the sort of emotional training one should go through before having a DTR.

I love the English language.

--Ambrosia