It's a simple enough question: do you like butter?
Annoyingly, the answer nowadays will quite probably be yes, I like it over margarine.
But why would anyone want to spread butter over margar...
...oh, I see. You mean you prefer butter to margarine. Then why not say so?
It gets worse.
Do you like wearing leggings?
Yes, I like them over skirts.
Do you like elephants?
Yes, I like them over people.
There must be some reason why a way of stating one's opinion has suddenly become so much harder to understand.
But I shudder to think what it might be.
Word To Use Today: prefer. This short, easy, unambiguous word comes from the Latin praeferre, to carry in front.