Monday, November 12, 2007

Grammar: The economy may increase or grow down, but you don't "grow the economy"

I'm not usually a traditionalist when it comes to grammar, but I've had enough with the expression "to grow the economy." It doesn't signal the end of the world, but it's bad.
Take note of this passage in Paul Brians' Common Errors in English Usage:

We used to grow our hair long or grow tomatoes in the yard, but now we are being urged to "grow the economy" or "grow your investments." Business and government speakers have extended this usage widely, but it irritates traditionalists. Use "build," "increase," "expand," "develop," or "cause to grow" instead in formal writing.

No comments: