Linguistic Descriptivists Unite

After posting this Ask Metafilter question, I have learned that I am a linguistic descriptivist whereas my accuser is a linguistic prescriptivist. In a nutshell, it means that I believe language rules can be identified by ways in which they have been demonstrated to operate in the past — whereas my accuser subscribes to the belief that language, in order to be acceptable, must follow a particular formula or it is incorrect.

It’s a very nerdy topic.

Descriptivism
Prescriptivism

It might also be noted that due to my previus entry regarding my official reference to Squiptipadoogleboinkaflop and Ragnakoriake, it might also be remarked that I am therefore a maker of neologisms. Hmm.

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