Monday, April 13, 2009

Short quote: because

Wherein your choice of words clearly identifies your mother as one who frequently wandered the causeways after daylight

Prescriptivist Poppycock:
Last thing first: the charge of laziness. Commenters on usage quite commonly attribute the motive of "laziness" to the user of any variant they believe to be incorrect/wrong. The idea is that the writer or speaker was too lazy to find out what the correct/right variant is — or if the writer or speaker believes that their variant is in fact correct/right, then they were too lazy to have learned otherwise ("they should have known better"). It's not enough to say that the variant is incorrect/wrong, but the user of the variant must also be maligned.


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