Tag Archives: prescriptivist

Mentor, mentee — how about mentoree?

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

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Hopefully, the complaining will stop now.

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.

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Conflating the Issues

I’m once again dipping into the miasma that is political language for this week’s vocabulary word: conflate. It’s a word on the march, or at least under stress: it’s got a mostly neutral past, but it’s been slowly taking on … Continue reading

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Banished words? LSSU takes on 2012

We’re close enough to the end of last year (and the start of this one) that all those “best” and “worst” lists are still buzzing around. Earlier this week I looked at some candidates for Word of the Year. I’ll … Continue reading

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My Prescription for Description

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?

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