No doubt it is feverishly hot in his kitchen, but that is hardly an excuse for the litany of split infinitives and other unforgiveable transgressions that have required a firm intervention on the part of your doughty Pedant-General.
In fact the consistency with which bloggers insist on mis-spelling this simple word is so staggering that I feel that a P-G tutorial is in order.
Repeat after me:
Nouns usually end in "ant".Very simple.
Adjectives usually end in "ent".
Thus, the following are adjectives:
- dependent (adjective, as in "dependent upon", not to be confused with "dependant" which is a noun, e.g. your children or wife who lunches or whatever)
- defendant (yes, DK, that's you, that is)
- litigant (bl*mmin lawyers)
- Pedant (that's me, that is)