fittest : Common Errors in English


In evolutionary terms, “the survival of the fittest” refers not to physical fitness in the sense of vigor and strength, but to the ability to reproduce successfully. Rabbits and ants are fitter to survive than lions: that’s why there are so many more of them. If you use the phrase “survival of the fittest” as if it referred to a contest of brute strength, you will annoy biologists and some editors, who will judge your usage as unfit to survive.
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  • Kudos & Kindness: Use of the track and field made our event possible
    The Fittest of the Sierras event committee would like to thank Lake Tahoe Unified School District for allowing us to use the South Tahoe Community Sports Complex for our fourth annual competition.
    June 20, 2013 - Tahoe Daily Tribune
  • Shrinking soaps vie for Daytime Emmy Awards
    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — It's survival of the fittest among shrinking soap operas at the Daytime Emmy Awards.
    June 16, 2013 - Associated Press via Yahoo! News
  • Austin athletes compete for fittest title
    They're strong, fast and ready to show Austin what they've got. Hundreds of athletes competed in Austin Fit Magazine's AFM Fittest competition this morning. At stake are bragging rights, as well as hundreds of dollars in prizes and awards.
    June 15, 2013 - YNN Austin