moreover » morever

Variant(s):  more ever

Classification: English – questionable

Spotted in the wild:

I’ve labelled this one as “questionable” because the one-word version (morever), at least, could easily arise as a typographical error rather than a reanalysis. However, the examples I’ve shown here come from documents in which the word is consistently spelled this way on multiple occasions; the article from the Journal of Materials Chemistry, for example, contains four tokens of morever. It’s also quite a plausible reanalysis: the meaning of moreover, which is rather opaque, could just as sensibly be related to ‘more’ + ‘ever’ as to ‘more’ + ‘over’, and there are plenty of other -ever words (e.g., however, wherever, whatever) that could serve as analogues.

| link | entered by Q. Pheevr, 2005/04/07 |

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