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Directional words

-ward vs. -wards In American English, the preferred suffix is -ward—for example, westward, forward, backward, downward. Outside American English, -wards is preferred—so, westwards, forwards, backwards, and downwards. But it’s not a clean distinction, and both suffixes are used everywhere. The -ward suffix may be placed at the end of any noun without requiring a hyphen. Spell check may catch words like cityward, mountainward, oceanward, or workward, but that shouldn’t stop us from using them. Adjectives and adverbs Words ending in -ward and -wards can …

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Could care less

Could care less is now an established idiom in the U.S., though it still faces resistance, and it has by no means supplanted couldn’t care less.