I sometimes feel the need to air my inner curmudgeon, and this is one of those times.
I’m currently reading a book that keeps referring to concrete as cement. It’s not the first time I’ve seen this erroneous usage in print, but I do admit that some writers get it right. Still, let me say it loudly – CONCRETE IS NOT CEMENT. Heck I might just as well call biscuits flour.
I’m belaboring the point now, but I feel I must give you writers out there the following to mull over:
- baking powder
- baking soda
- water or milk
- aggregate (stone)
Okay, so now you know. But a warning, writer: if I see this erroneous usage in one of your books I’m liable to steal a copy (or buy, if I must), mark up the offending usage(s), and send it back to you.