Re: : Korean Shamanism
Allan Dunn (adunn@LCLARK.EDU)
Sat, 4 Nov 1995 15:10:41 -0800
On Sat, 4 Nov 1995, Ruby Rohrlich wrote:
> I have always thought of "grammar police" as those who resist any linguistic
> changes, as those who guard the language against changes that
> encourage egalitarianism of any kind. Ruby Rohrlich
I think Martin is implying a wider usage of the term, which I am tempted
to agree with. The PCing of language limits the practical nature of
language as any organized totalitarian venture. The "grammar police"
have two crossed purposes; one group wants to maintain the language
conservatively, the other wants to make it "better." Both are misusing
the concept of language, which is an evolved process drawing on old
usages that are adapted for new ideas, and subsequently changed by
communication of these ideas. It starts with the ideas.