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One of the positives (or is it a negative?) of working with language so much of the time is the sheer volume of unusual things you encounter. Not simply an odd word or usage here and there, but also the … Continue reading
You can infiltrate. But can you exfiltrate? That thought’s been on my mind for a couple of days. I keep hearing the word, and I just don’t like it. As a natural descriptivist, I don’t know if I’ll ever say … Continue reading
This past week I was busy reading student essays and finishing off grades for the spring term. With Mother’s Day and several personal events getting in the way, none of the many in-progress posts for this blog were finished to … Continue reading
Several people emailed me links to this story this week: AP’s Approval of ‘hopefully’ symbolizes larger debate over language Since it’s received so much attention, I’ll preempt the planned topic for today and discuss hopefully instead.
Or maybe I should title this “My Description of Prescription.” It depends on which side you come at the issue from. Are you a descriptivist or a prescriptivist?