A post from harm·less drudg·ery about descriptive and prescriptive grammarians, and what (in the opinion of a reasonable descriptivist) a reasonable prescriptive grammarian ought and ought not to do.
Full disclosure, here: I’m firmly in the descriptivist camp, both by training and by inclination. A language that doesn’t change is dead; the spoken language is primary and the written language — however much I may love it — is secondary; and trying to stop language change is like trying to stop the tide from coming in.
(Nevertheless: it’s sneaked, not snuck, in written discourse; alright is a barbarism; and orientated instead of oriented is wrong, wrong, wrong. We all have our bits of beach we want to keep dry.)
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I stand with you as an orientater hater. 🙂
It sets my teeth on edge, every time, even though I realize there may eventually come a day when the preponderance of spoken usage makes it correct.