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  •  To be fair, language evolves. (1+ / 0-)
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    We used to have different words for different cases (Shakespearean "th"-pronouns - "to thine own self be true").  But we got sick of the complexity inherited from the German, particularly as language popularized, and dumped it.  So from my l perspective, people confusing good/well still makes my eyes hurt, it may well be that the distinction is one we're going to lose, just like we've lost many other distinctions that fail to convey meaning.

    Of course, people in certain professions requiring writing don't get the opportunity to be a dispassionate linguist and watch what we consider to be a misuse evolve into normal use. :)

    "What Washington needs is adult supervision" - Barack Obama

    by auron renouille on Mon Jan 09, 2012 at 08:41:46 PM PST

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