A blog ” The confessions of a Linguist ” by a Grammer pedant , under the nom-de-plume Brightbluesaturday , has been making waves in Blogosphere : there appears to be no end in sight to the debate it has initiated between Descriptive & Prescriptive grammarians .
Selective excerpts from the blog deserve sharing :
- “We can’t send angry letters to TESCOfor having a sign saying “Ten Items or
Less” instead of “Ten Items or Fewer” “
- “—— the difference between “your” and “you’re”, or “there”, “their” and “they’re””.
- “The difference between “its” and “it’s” is important. It’s not life and death, but it’s still important “.
- Words like “best” and “favourite” and “tallest” are superlatives. This means you can’t add a “most” or a “least” onto them. “Most favourite” is a redundant phrase.
- ” Café has an acute accent on the e. Otherwise you pronounce it to rhyme with “safe””.
- Yes, I know, I know, as a linguist, I’m supposed to see language as being descriptive ——–Well, for whatever reason, I’m a secret prescriptive grammarian.
This rant by a prescriptive grammarian deserved a telling response from the land where English ( Hinglish/ Inglish ) is often spoken with the “whole & sole” purpose of being understood & not with an eye on Grammatical purity . ” Who you are “ & “How you are “ are often heard , with equally fascinating responses in ” Why I should tell you ? Who YOU ARE to ask me !! “ and ” Pulling on somehow “ ( if quite well ) , or a description of the malaise , if unwell ; such as ” Tummy is making funny Gud Gud sounds” or ” having high temperature & pain in the back side “
However , merely a descriptive response wouldn’t be telling enough . After much deliberation , I chose to stun the purist with a ” shock & awe “ ppt Signs of our Times ( please click on the link to view it )
Cheers & GN