Anymore, nevermore, Koko Nor?


Lori Notes

statue at E.A. Poe National Historic Site, Philadelphia, PA statue at E.A. Poe National Historic Site, Philadelphia, PA

As part of an editing project I’m doing right now, I wondered about the current thinking on anymore vs any more, so I turned to Merriam-Webster for an opinion. The first pay-off of my search (after determining that anymore is widely used) was a sample sentence from Erma Bombeck that had me wanting to hunt down the reference and get the rest of the story: “every time we leave the house anymore, I play a game called “Stump the Housebreaker.”*

I also discovered that along with definitions and accounts of earliest use, the website provides rhymes. For anymore the list is impressively long, so I planned to include a curated selection, but then I realized, if you’re an aspiring poet and you’re stumped for such a rhyme, you might want this entire list. Either that, or you could see…

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