Where I've been taught to use the word "fewer", I'm invariably seeing or hearing "less"; even from those known to be sticklers for the style manual.
So is "fewer" gone, leaving us with one less word?
Using "less" when "fewer" is the right word drives my husband crazy. With me, it's one of a large number of common grammatical errors. It doesn't bother me as much as using "it's" as a possessive pronoun. The possessive pronoun is "its"; "it's" is a contraction for "it is" or "it has." I also can't stand the so-called greengrocer's plural--using 's to form a plural. NO, NO, NO! "Lemon's" is not the plural of "lemon."
I have given up hope.