Down With The Language Bullies

“Language bullying – or prescriptivism, as it’s more politely called – is conservative in the worst sense. It advances a stuffy and old-fashioned view of language, the rules of which it considers set by supposed experts, such as the authors of grammar books, rather than common usage. It is deeply anti-populist and snobby, not to mention just plain wrong and cranky. Most ‘rules’ cited by bullies are highly suspect.”