Dear Copy Bitch: I love the tips you give on confusing words. How ’bout these: further vs. farther.
–Word Lover, NYC
Answer: As long as you don’t tell me you’re a Yankees lover, I’ll answer your question. Think of the phrase “traveling afar,” and you’ll have a good hint. If you’re talking distances, use “farther” (almost always). If you’re talking quantity or degree, go with further.
George’s home in Italy is farther away from me than his home in California is.
If I go any further into my George obsession, some blog readers might think I’m seriously nutty.