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9th Nov '16 11:43:19 PM hppavilion1
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* Interestingly, [[averted]] by almost all serious linguists. In linguistics, prescribing how people should talk (a practice creatively named "prescriptivism") is viewed as a cardinal sin- it has been said that the Linguist Mafia will run anybody caught doing it over with a bus. Almost all serious linguists are descriptivists, who only ''describe'' how people talk. If English speakers started frequently phrasing sentences as verb-object-subject with postpositions instead of (or along with) the standard subject-verb-object with prepositions ("I am going to the store" becomes "Am going the store to I"), they wouldn't criticize; would just note the change they and try explain to why happened it.[[note]]They would just note the change and try to explain why it happened[[/note]]

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* Interestingly, [[averted]] [[AvertedTrope averted]] by almost all serious linguists. In linguistics, prescribing how people should talk (a practice creatively named "prescriptivism") is viewed as a cardinal sin- it has been said that the Linguist Mafia will run anybody caught doing it over with a bus. Almost all serious linguists are descriptivists, who only ''describe'' how people talk. If English speakers started frequently phrasing sentences as verb-object-subject with postpositions instead of (or along with) the standard subject-verb-object with prepositions ("I am going to the store" becomes "Am going the store to I"), they wouldn't criticize; would just note the change they and try explain to why happened it.[[note]]They would just note the change and try to explain why it happened[[/note]]
9th Nov '16 11:42:35 PM hppavilion1
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* Interestingly, [[averted]] by almost all serious linguists. In linguistics, prescribing how people should talk (a practice creatively named "prescriptivism") is viewed as a cardinal sin- it has been said that the Linguist Mafia will run anybody caught doing it over with a bus. Almost all serious linguists are descriptivists, who only ''describe'' how people talk. If English speakers started frequently phrasing sentences as verb-object-subject with postpositions instead of (or along with) the standard subject-verb-object with prepositions ("I am going to the store" becomes "Am going the store to I"), they wouldn't criticize; would just note the change they and try explain to why happened it.[[note]]They would just note the change and try to explain why it happened[[/note]]
18th Oct '16 7:43:54 AM MAI742
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* Played absolutely straight for UsefulNotes/JosephStalin. The man ''hated'' spelling and grammatical errors, and simply could not let them go unremarked when he came across them. He was also famously self-conscious about his imperfect ability to speak other languages, always possessing a distinct Georgian accent, and after he came to power some people made deliberate pronunciation and grammatical errors of their own when speaking him (to avoid drawing attention to any mistakes he had made).

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* Played absolutely straight for UsefulNotes/JosephStalin. The man ''hated'' spelling and grammatical errors, and simply could not let them go unremarked when he came across them.them - two thousand of the books which survive from his personal library have marks and annotations in them where he circled and/or commented upon errors or grammatically acceptable but questionable phrasings. He was also famously self-conscious about his imperfect ability to speak other languages, always possessing a distinct Georgian accent, and after he came to power some people made deliberate pronunciation and grammatical errors of their own when speaking him (to avoid drawing attention to any mistakes he had made).
30th Sep '16 6:04:36 PM gemmabeta2
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* ''Magazine/TheNewYorker'' is known for its rather odd rules on spelling and formatting; for example, using a diaeresis where most other people would use a hyphen ("coöperate", instead of co-operate or cooperate) or spelling out numbers in full, no matter how big of a mouthful ("forty-two thousand five-hundred and sixty-two dollars" instead of just writing $42 562).
24th Sep '16 1:11:29 PM HistoryGeekInTown
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%%* Lucy Fitzmartin from ''Literature/ThePearlandtheCarnelian'', in more ways than one.

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%%* * Lucy Fitzmartin from ''Literature/ThePearlandtheCarnelian'', in more ways than one.one. She will correct your wrong use of dative case AND she is an actual Nazi sympathizer...
24th Sep '16 9:42:04 AM Josef5678
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* Lucy Fitzmartin from ''Literature/ThePearlandtheCarnelian'', in more ways than one.

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* %%* Lucy Fitzmartin from ''Literature/ThePearlandtheCarnelian'', in more ways than one.
24th Sep '16 4:29:58 AM HistoryGeekInTown
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* Lucy Fitzmartin from ''Literature/ThePearlandtheCarnelian'', in more ways than one.
18th Sep '16 3:45:20 PM Jeduthun
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--> "[[https://www.facebook.com/baltimoresun/videos/10154453872849712/?hc_ref=SEARCH Now imagine]] someone asking you, '[[PrepositionsAreNotToEndSentencesWith For what are friends?]]' [[TakeThat Do you think that person's going to have many?]]"
18th Sep '16 1:40:09 PM Jeduthun
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* [[http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/language-blog/ John McIntyre]], a copy editor for the ''Baltimore Sun'', devotes his blog not only to clarifying sloppy usage but also to criticizing pretentious Grammar Nazis who try to enforce what he considers bogus rules, such as not splitting infinitives or ending sentences with prepositions.

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* [[http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/language-blog/ John McIntyre]], a copy editor for the ''Baltimore Sun'', devotes his blog not only to clarifying sloppy usage but also to criticizing pretentious Grammar Nazis who try to enforce [[http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/language-blog/bal-the-peeververein-canon-20150702-story.html what he considers bogus rules, rules]], such as not splitting infinitives or ending sentences with prepositions.
16th Sep '16 5:34:22 AM Jeduthun
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Somewhere along the line, Grammar Nazis got more into the form than the content. To them, the rules of grammar are SeriousBusiness. The name was, of course, [[AppropriatedAppellation invented and first used]] by people with poor syntax, spelling or punctuation as a snarky way to back at those who corrected their errors. Despite the "grammar" in their name, Grammar Nazis will also happily pick on you for any perceived errors in spelling, punctuation, word usage, semantics, syntax, sentence structure, capitalization....

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Somewhere along the line, Grammar Nazis got more into the form than the content. To them, the rules of grammar are SeriousBusiness. The name was, of course, [[AppropriatedAppellation invented and first used]] by people with poor syntax, spelling or punctuation as a snarky way to back at those who corrected their errors. Despite the The "grammar" in their name, name has a broad application, meaning Grammar Nazis will also happily pick on you for any perceived errors in spelling, punctuation, word usage, semantics, syntax, sentence structure, capitalization....
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