least vs lest : Common Errors in English

About least vs lest

American English keeps alive the old word “lest” in phrases like “lest we forget,” referring to something to be avoided or prevented. Many people mistakenly substitute the more familiar word “least” in these phrases.

least Meaning(s)

  • (n) something that is of no importance
  • (a) the superlative of `little' that can be used with mass nouns and is usually preceded by `the'; a quantifier meaning smallest in amount or extent or degree
  • (r) used to form the superlative

least in News

  1. At least one person rushed to hospital after accident

    At least one person was rushed to the hospital Wednesday night after an accident here in Brecknock Township. It happened around 8:30 in the 600 block of Alleghenyville Road. Initial reports indicate that two cars collided head-on at a high rate of speed. There's no word on the conditions of anyone involved in the crash.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: WFMZ Eastern Pennsylvania and Western New Jersey

  2. At least one killed in Cass Co. ambulance crash

    At least one person is dead and two more are critically injured after a crash involving an ambulance in Cass County.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: KETV 7 Omaha

  3. At least 1 dead in Nevada crash involving at least 17 vehicles along I-80

    At least one person is reported dead in a crash involving at least 17 vehicles along Interstate 80 in the Winnemucca area, the Nevada Highway Patrol reports.
    on June 11, 2013 Source: Reno Gazette-Journal

lest in News

  1. Sony Twisted the Knife, but Microsoft May Have Shot Itself in the Foot

    In the video game industry, the consumer almost always speaks loudly and clearly. When questions are fired, companies need to have answers, lest they face the wrath of gamers scorned. If no
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Nasdaq

  2. 10 who learned social media can get you fired

    At this point in the digital age there's probably enough evidence to make people think twice about what they say or do online, lest it become social media fodder, right?
    on June 12, 2013 Source: CNN

  3. John Stamos talks 'Virginity,' 'Roughness' and the humor insex

    Actor John Stamos has a new show in the works, and the title alone -- "Losing Your Virginity With John Stamos" -- is enough to ensure fans of the former "Full House" star will tune in.But lest those fans get the wrong idea, Stamos stopped by TODAY Wednesday morning and explained the real story about his upcoming Yahoo! web series.As it turns out, "Losing Your Virginity" will see Stamos ...
    on June 12, 2013 Source: NBC NEWS

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