Fwd: nah, they've beat you to it

David Bowie db.list at PMPKN.NET
Wed Jun 4 14:39:33 UTC 2003

From:    Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at YALE.EDU>

: Here's a message from Geoff Nunberg addressing my suggestion that we
: might be taken more seriously in the prescriptivism wars if we styled
: ourselves as grammarians...

Wow! Now that it's an accepted usage, when I get my annual rush of local
reporters calling me for a linguistic angle on their puff pieces for Pioneer
Day (24 July, a purely Utahn holiday) I guess I'll have to call myself a
"social grammarian" instead of a "sociolinguist".

(I was going to append a smiley, but then I got to thinking--maybe I'll go
ahead and do it just to see what gets printed...)


David Bowie                                         http://pmpkn.net/lx
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    house, there is too little; some must be purchased. If there is
    chocolate in the house, there is too much; it must be consumed.

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