“In Terms Of”

Why does anyone speak and write in terms of something else?

John Douglas Porter
Writers’ Blokke
Published in
2 min readMay 8, 2022

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In Modern American Usage, Wilson Follett says that the construction “in terms of” has become extremely popular:

“The rage for expressing everything in terms of something else is a disease traceable to college-catalogue English. From 1900 on a college course was hardly respectable if it did not offer to present…

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John Douglas Porter
Writers’ Blokke

John Porter manages his family’s cattle ranch in California, where he also writes screenplays, essays, and stories.