Friday, December 07, 2012

Usage: First come, first ?

Having seen this phrase misstated again (today in a registrar's message in a graduation supplement to The Daily Gamecock), I realize it's time for another reminder.

The phrase is first come, first served.

Not first come, first serve.

The "d" at the end is part of it -- as in those who arrive first are served first, not those who arrive first get to serve first.

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