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12-21-2011 @ 4:23PM
If you're truly a grammar cop, you know that there's descriptive grammar (which describes HOW people use language), and prescriptive grammar (which tells people HOW to use language). And you'd further know that prescriptive grammar is only appropriate when in a teacher/student role, or if a person is specifically asking for assistance - if such a person is not a native speaker of the language, for example. And I'd go even further to remind you that it is the exploration and creative use of one's native language that enriches and - dare I say it - embiggens that native language. I think we can all be grateful that Shakespeare either was not plagued by grammar cops, or ignored them completely. If Chase wants to Shakespeare his column by mathing it up, we should be grateful he's embiggening our collective vocabulariousity, instead of being grammar-copped into silence.
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