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Sunday, June 29, 2003

Why I am no longer a grammar Nazi:

"[A]dherence to a sort of charity principle is rationally required of competent members of a linguistic community, independently of their particular preferences. If we find others systematically using some term in a way that we think they shouldn't, then we should adjust our sense of how that term ought to be used. To persistently correct others, despite evidence that their linguistic dispositions are in line with common practice, would be to engage in a patently irrational course of action that threatens the stability of the whole communicative enterprise." (--NDPR)

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