good (adv.)

Mark A Mandel mam at THEWORLD.COM
Fri Jul 26 18:07:00 UTC 2002

        [Mark Mandel]
#> Obviously a case of "your mileage may vary". My reaction is "ugh!"

        [Lynne Murphy]
#My reaction is also 'ugh' (I've become hyperconscious of this since moving
#to England).  But it's interesting to note the different linguistic (i.e.
#linguists') reactions to changes and prescriptivism.  The sentiment that
#'any change away from prescriptive ideals is progress/good/praise-worthy'
#is a frequent one.
#Are such sentiments equivalent to 'Nice to see that people are using their
#sleeves as napkins more often'?

For me it's esthetic, and a function of the way I learned the language
wayyy back. "Good" as adverb this way is just alien to me and associated
with (what I feel as) substandard, uneducated speech. Mind you, I keep
that attitude separate from my professional linguistic opinion; but when
I'm reading or writing for myself, or editing for someone else, that's
how I react.

-- Dr. Whom, Consulting Linguist, Grammarian, Orthoepist, and
   Philological Busybody
   a.k.a. Mark A. Mandel

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