fever, temperature

fever, temperature
   You often hear sentences like "John had a temperature yesterday" when in fact John has a temperature every day. What he had yesterday was a fever. The distinction is not widely observed, even by some medical authorities. Bernstein cites the instance of a Massachusetts hospital that issued a bulletin stating, "Everett has no temperature." Fowler excused the usage as a "sturdy indefensible," but even so it is better avoided in careful writing, particularly when the remedy has the virtues of simplicity and brevity.

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