Joe's Cafe, 24/7 pit stop for ESL learners and teachers | February 2011
Egg's off, bacon's off, bread's off, tea's off. English is on though.
Footer versus footnote
A reader writes: “Is the word ‘footer’, now used in documents and written on one of your pages, a correct English word? I think it was created by Microsoft, and I believe the word ‘footnote’ would be more appropriate.”
Let’s try to clear this up. I’m not sure whether the word “footer” was coined by Microsoft or not, but if it was it made it into my 1995 edition of Concise Oxford Dictionary. For the context that we are discussing, the two words can be defined as:
Footnote: the word “footer” can also be used in combinations such as “six-footer” (a man who is six feet tall) and “right-footer” (a specific kick in football etc).
Joe | Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011 | Filed under Vocabulary
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