Is "less vocabulary" grammatical, & does Cecil write his own headlines?

Does the average American student have less vocabulary today than in days gone by?Is that a correct usering of “less”? Shouldn’t it be “fewer”? ::joke::

  1. Seriously, though, I’ve heard of people having a limited vocabulary, a smaller vocabulary, but never “less vocabulary”. Is that a newly coined phrase?

  2. Since the word in question is in the headline and not the text, could it be the work of a Reader editor rather than Cecil, or does he write his own his headlines?

Since this is a specific question about one of Cecil’s columns, I’ve moved it CoCC.

samclem GQ moderator

Since the question already exists in a previous thread, I’ll close this one and direct further comment to the earlier one: http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?t=436119

Prêt-à-Poster, for future reference, posting the same question twice in two different SDMB forums is called cross-posting and is not allowed here.

bibliophage
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