Archive for September 25th, 2002

Eugene Volokh quotes an excellent letter on prescriptivism vs. descriptivism in language, or why it’s OK to say “NU-kyu-ler.” H.W. Fowler, author of Modern English Usage, the greatest of all “prescriptive” guides, had this to say (under the heading “pedantry and purism”): Pedantry may be defined, for the purpose of this book, as the saying […]

Aaron Haspel | Posted September 25, 2002 @ 1:05 PM | General