I want to compliment a tiny matter. Please pardon my neologism. I couldn't think of an antonym for nitpick.
I was just reading Jeff Atwood's post, Keeping Time on the PC, which talks about the inaccuracies of the clocks built into computers. (Believe it or not, it's quite interesting.)
At one point, he says (emph. mine):
Thank you for not saying "differential," Jeff.
I have a special loathing for people who use differential when they mean difference. This is even worse than utilizing utilize instead of using use. It's as bad as saying "The boss met with Joe and I" or "The student was disinterested in the lecture."
To my mind, differential should be reserved for discussions involving a particular aspect of calculus or a specific part of a car's rear axle. The error probably started with suits and sales dweebs. Whatever the origin, it has infected all manner of telepundits and spokesdrones. For the past few years, differential seems to have been the sole page in the Power Word of the Day calendars belonging to TV sports commentators; e.g., "If they kick a field goal here, there's still a four-point differential in the score."
There is a difference between accepting our language as a living thing and insisting on precision. Kudos to Jeff for getting this right.
Spleen vented. Thank you for your attention.