EDIT: I thought best to post the Message as well. This is only a partial list Goldspan, you might benefit by actually exploring the link.
Latter and Ladder, how are they different?
One difference is that of pronunciation:
In ordinary speech, however, the difference between the t and d sounds is often difficult to discern.
Apparently other speakers are puzzled by the word latter. Here’s a question asked and answered at Yahoo Answers:
Why do people use the phrase “I choose the ladder” after comparing two decisions or choices?
And here’s the “best answer as chosen by voters”:
Oh most people who say that are social climbers and they want to get to the top.
In the expression that refers to making a choice between two options, the word is latter, not ladder. The first option is called the former:
Father gave us our choice of the blue Mustang or the red Corvette. I chose the former and Charlie chose the latter.
The word latter comes from the comparative form of Old English laet: laetra, and meant “slower.” It took on the meaning of “second of two” in the 1550s. Modern later came, well, later. (It also comes from OE laet.)
Content of posts and comments on the Daily Paul represent the opinions of the original posters, and are not endorsed, approved, or otherw