Tuesday, July 27, 2010

The Logic of Language

I've always been bugged by grammarians. They want to impose "rules" on language. But language is organic. It is conventional. And here's an excellent example of grammarians gone wild...

If an overwhelming majority of this generation of kids decide that the plural of octopus is "octopalooza" than within a generation that will be the correct plural despite what the grammarians say.

The nice thing about English is that grammarians have mostly been kept at bay. The language is omnivorous and continues to swallow up words and invite speakers from around the world.

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