Arnold Zwicky zwicky at STANFORD.EDU
Mon Feb 22 00:25:23 UTC 2010

some people have wondered about the status of MWDEU, in particular how
it relates to "prescriptive grammar".

in my experience, people who identify themselves as prescriptive
grammarians deplore MWDEU, dismissing it as the work of "permissive",
"anything-goes" linguists, who fail to excoriate usages that the
prescriptive grammarians in question do.  (i simplify somewhat; i am
in a somewhat dark mood.)


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