Only the question remains—what is proper grammar? To me what all of you understand to be grammar is a set of arbitrary rules that a bunch of undereducated old white guys made up less as a way to provide clarity and more as a way of suppressing ethnic and economic groups that they traditionally saw as less human and deserving of less respect as they were.
Apart from the fact that I think spelling has little to do with what linguists actually call grammar—if someone misspells “you’re” as “your’e”—what does that even tell us about their intelligence? Absolutely nothing. The meaning is still there.
This blog is called The-unpopular-opinions, but not only is this opinion fairly popular among people (that we need to conform to these arbitrary norms), it is wrong when you consider the science behind language development and usage.
And this is one of many reasons why I follow your blog. XOXO!June 7th, 2012 98 notes #language #english #linguistics #prescriptivism #grammar #relevance #history #racism #ethnocentrism #oppression #colonialism #queue #submission