May 26, 2020
I was reading a review of the History Channel’s three-night special “Grant,” when I came across this sentence: “Disinterested in taking over the family business, and having garnered the nickname ‘Useless Grant’ as a kid, he was sent—without being asked—to West Point, where a typo bestowed him with the middle initial ‘S’ (rather than ‘H,’ for Hiram), thereby resulting in the more patriotic ‘US Grant’ moniker.”
My readers are bright people; surely they picked up the problem there.
He was not “disinterested in taking over the family business”; he was UNinterested. Disinterested means “impartial.” Judges are disinterested; Grant was emphatically NOT “disinterested” in taking over the family business. He was uninterested.
Now I’m uninterested in watching the special.