grammer nazis no nothing

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Name: Are 'grammar Nazis' ruining the English Language
Date: 19/3/14
Author: Tom Chivers

Key Ideas: 

  • When language changes, it’s not for the worse
  • Language is constantly changing, and it is shown by new dialects forming.
  • The rules of any language are only defined by by how people use that language
Language Features: Prescriptivism & Descriptivism
Course Aspects: Unit 3 - AoS 2: Formal Language - use of formal language - reinforcing social distance and authority

Personal Opinion: I think that the word Nazi shouldn’t have been used at all in this article. Nazi’s were not erratic or wild, they did not randomly get angry at people. (I think capricious is the word I’m looking for) They followed orders and that was it. In regards to the article itself, I believe that rules in the English language shouldn’t apply to every conversation either online or in person, as not everyone has the knowledge or access to the knowledge of words and how they’re spoken as other more privileged people.

  • Despite what many people think, the rules of a language – any language – are only defined by how people use that language
  • Another myth is that the word “none” is always singular, even though it’s been used since the 1640s and the plural version was the more common form for 300 years.
  • Dialects are proof that language changes. But it doesn’t change as fast as people think. “The changes you get over a century are trivial,” says Pullum, because there’s a long history of literacy and a large body of users, both of which keep it stable.
  • Never keep a dark-coloured sofa in the same house as Dalmatians, because they’ll negotiate their own rules about whether they’re allowed to use it, and they won’t necessarily be your rules. See how similar to grammar that is?

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