June 18 2010

Grammar Pet Peeve: Boarder vs. Border

by Barbie in Grammar, Pet Peeves

Although the terms “boarder” and “border” probably aren’t terms writers use every day, they are commonly confused. Here’s a quick explanation of these terms:


A boarder is a person–either someone who boards, or receives lodging, or someone who snowboards


Border is the more commonly used term meaning the outer edge or boundary.

So, a boarder might live in your house, but you cross the border when you travel from one state to another.