"'Everything is correct' versus 'nothing is relevant'" is a post which I recently came across in the Language Log, which can be seen at

http://itre.cis.upenn.edu/~myl/languagelog/archives/001843.html

It was written by linguist Geoffrey K. Pullum, co-author, along with Rodney Huddleston, of *The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language.* What I found particularly interesting in the post is that Geoff Pullum appears to see prescriptivists in a manner very similar perhaps identical to that which I see them. Consider the following quote:
"Prescriptivists claim that there are certain rules which have authority over us even if they are not respected as correctness conditions in the ordinary usage of anybody."

Raymond S. Wise
Minneapolis, Minnesota USA
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"'Everything is correct' versus 'nothing is relevant'" is a post which I recently came across in the Language Log, which ... which have authority over us even if they are not respected as correctness conditions in the ordinary usage of anybody."

But we have only one such prescriptivist in this group, and she never posts. CDB
"'Everything is correct' versus 'nothing is relevant'" is a post which I recently came across in the Language Log, which can be seen at http://itre.cis.upenn.edu/~myl/languagelog/archives/001843.html

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"'Everything is correct' versus 'nothing is relevant'" is a post ... respected as correctness conditions in the ordinary usage of anybody."

But we have only one such prescriptivist in this group, and she never posts. CDB

I told her there was a rule against it.

John Dean
Oxford
"'Everything is correct' versus 'nothing is relevant'" is a post ... respected as correctness conditions in the ordinary usage of anybody."

But we have only one such prescriptivist in this group, and shenever posts. CDB

Let's not forget that solid American fact: people make money out of shouting "Prescriptivist!" at intervals. You don't want to get done for restraint of trade, do you?

Mike.
"Prescriptivists claim that there are certain rules which have authority ... respected as correctness conditions in the ordinary usage of anybody."

But we have only one such prescriptivist in this group, and she never posts. CDB

What about me? (I owe you an email.)
s/ meirman
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s/ meirman
Posting from alt.english.usage

If you are emailing me please
say if you are posting the same response.
Town NW of Pittsburgh Pa. 0 to 10 years
Indianapolis 7 years
Chicago 6 years
Brooklyn NY 12 years
now in Baltimore 22 years
But we have only one such prescriptivist in this group, and she never posts. CDB

What about me? (I owe you an email.)

You mean, why do I mention Ms T. and not you in this context? Because, in her, self-restraint is an excellent thing; whereas your silence is regretted, and eventual relief hoped for. CDB
with What to that

Not guilty on both counts, M'lud. CDB
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