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    Is "lesser-known acts" correct usage?

    Hello, everyone.

    I'd like to know whether "lesser-known acts" is correct or not.

    It comes from here:

    Moby, born Richard Melville Hall, changed that by licensing the album “Play” for TV commercials, a move that sparked CD sales and got advertisers interested in lesser-known acts.
    Mophonics Turns Jingles Into Singles With Mark Foster Grammy Nod- Bloomberg
    Given it appears on the Bloomberg website, I would assume it's, at least, not incorrect. I would normally write "less-known acts". Is this a play on words? If so, can I get away with writing "morer complicated scheme"?

    Many thanks

    Richard

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    Re: Is "lesser-known acts" correct usage?

    "lesser-known" means having a fame that is, compared to Moby's, of smaller magnitude.
    Compare:
    "Murder is considered a major crime while robbery is a lesser offense".
    "Sometimes in life we just have to chose the lesser of two evils".

    … "morer" is not an English word.

    not a teacher
    Last edited by JMurray; 06-Mar-2012 at 12:17.

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    Re: Is "lesser-known acts" correct usage?

    [AmE - not a teacher]

    It is not a play on words; "lesser" is a real word. It is the comparative of "little". See the exceptions here.

    can I get away with writing "morer complicated scheme"? -
    No, but it did make me smile ("more" is the comparative of "many".)

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