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What is the difference between farthermost and furthermost? In most cases, a quick Google search for the "word vs word" returns the answer on the first page. Not for this one.

  • I believe one is just a variant of the other – brentwpeterson Mar 10 '14 at 22:27
  • "Farthermost" sounds odd to me. I speak AmE. It's listed as a word in my AmE dictionary. I don't think I've ever used the word, even in contexts where I would use "farther." Am I the only AmE speaker who thinks it sounds funny? I think I just use "furthermost" in all cases. – Ben Crowell Mar 11 '14 at 5:02
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As implied above, the distinction is the same as that between “farther” versus “further”.

When the distance is literal – physical distance in space – use “farther”. When the distance is only figurative, use “further”.

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