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Further or farther?

By Debra Dobbins

I enjoyed Rachel Sauer’s front–page article today on the winter solstice. It’s well worth a read.

Glancing at the caption below the story’s photo, I noticed that Rachel or perhaps another copywriter understands the difference between further and farther.

Farther refers to physical distance. Further means “an extension of time or degree,” according to the Associated Press Stylebook. The stylebook gives these two examples: “He walked farther into the woods. … She will look further into the mystery.”

Got it? Thought so. No need, then, to explain further.

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