Over vs. More Than

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Over vs. More Than : Non-Errors

Some people claim that “over” cannot be used to signify “more than,” as in “Over a thousand baton-twirlers marched in the parade.”

“Over,” they insist, always refers to something physically higher: say, the blimp hovering over the parade route.

This absurd distinction ignores the role metaphor plays in language.

If I write 1 on the blackboard and 10 beside it, 10 is still the “higher” number.

“Over” has been used in the sense of “more than” for over a thousand years.

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