Disinterested vs. uninterested and the blurred lines of neutrality

“Disinterested” and “uninterested” have swapped meanings through the centuries. Most of us who pay close attention to language today see a clear distinction, though: “Disinterested” means impartial or unbiased. “Uninterested” means indifferent or unconcerned. So saying that someone is “downright disinterested” is akin...

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Impartially uninterested?

"Disinterested" has been misused so often that some writers forget its real meaning. "Disinterested" is an adjective that means "impartial." A judge should show disinterest. A referee should be a disinterested observer. In this case, the writer meant "uninterested." Journalists...

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