I’ve developed a kind of mantra for this blog – something I say so often that I’m sure you’re getting tired of reading it. Nevertheless, I have to say it again: the “mistake” I’m about to talk about is so common that it’s now considered fine in some quarters. Despite that, I think we should all know the official rule so we can at least make an informed decision on whether to break it or not. For my part, I prefer to follow the rules, especially when (as in this case) doing so is as easy as typing one more letter.
Here’s the mistake I’m talking about:
These websites are all using the word “regime” when they should strictly be using “regimen”. A regime is an authoritarian government. A regimen is a prescribed course of treatment. So we talk about a Communist regime but an exercise regimen.
If a 10-year-old can get it right, you can too: