More and more often I hear or read in the media that "X has more Y than any" (rather than "any other") or "X has more Y than anyone" (rather than "anyone else").
By logic, that implies that X is not a member of the "any" or "anyone", rather than that others in the group all have less.
So, is logic as well as arithmetic becoming a lost skill?
(If this is a duplicate, apologies. I tried to look for "any other" and "anyone else", but was informed that those words are too common to be searched and reported on.)
You have words - now what do you do with them?
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I suspect that they were perceived as redundant. Any says it all, doesn't it? Any includes all others, so the same thing happened to other.
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