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Grammar Police: Than vs. Then

Just as a preface, I love writing about this stuff. So if it seems like it’s one long tangent, it is. English spelling is full of little surprises in etymology that tend to become rabbit holes for me jump into. However, this time it was simply a hunch that brought me to the history and development of the words Than & Then. It all started with a quick glance of the comments section on a science-themed Facebook page when someone inevitably pointed out something that was “incorrect grammar.” In fact, there were probably five or six people who noticed the issue within a 30 second period. Here is an image of the original post: Notice the problem? Of course, people were falsely¬†apologetic and passive aggressive¬†about their grammar policing, but something just struck me as I was thinking about it. Spelling isn’t grammar. I mean sure we use the words differently and for different grammatical purposes, but we don’t differentiate the words when we are speaking. To me, that means that this isn’t about grammar, it’s …