Garner’s Usage Tip of the Day: statutory; *statutorial.

statutory; *statutorial.

"Statutory" = (1) of or relating to legislation {statutory construction}; or (2) legislatively created {the law of patents is purely statutory}. *"Statutorial" is a needless variant not recognized in the dictionaries. But it sometimes appears in print — e.g.: "Now if you think this statutorial [read 'statutory'] change is something that would cause heavy breathing only among communications lawyers, consider the fact that it will open competition." Robert Haught, "Potomac Junction," Daily Oklahoman, 8 Aug. 1996, at 4.

The adverb "statutorily" is sometimes wrongly written *"statutorially" or *"statutorally" — e.g.:

o "At an interest rate statutorially [read 'statutorily'] set at 10 percent, Detroit Diesel would have two to five years to repay the loan, said Nelson." Lara Jones, "Engine Remanufacturer Could Create 450 New Utah Jobs," Enterprise (Salt Lake City), 8 July 1996, at 1.

o "Nothing compels him, statutorally [read 'statutorily'] or ethically, to give up on the job." "Tobacco: Unregulated Remarks," Virginian-Pilot (Norfolk), 6 Mar. 1997, at B10.

Language-Change Index – (1) *"statutorial" for "statutory": Stage 1; (2) *"statutorally" for "statutorily": Stage 1; (3) *"statutorially" for "statutorily": Stage 1.

*Invariably inferior forms.

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Quotation of the Day: "An attractive title is nothing less than miraculous in gaining readers for a paper." David Lee Clark et al, Form and Style: A Manual of Composition and Rhetoric 16 (1937).

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