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  •  This is a thread about education. (3+ / 0-)

    It's going to draw the English teachers. It's their job to correct people.

    Trust me - wife is an English teacher. Mother was an English teacher.

    "Jersey_Boy" was taken.

    by New Jersey Boy on Sun Nov 25, 2012 at 05:45:01 PM PST

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    •  I am too but I support what's said (1+ / 0-)
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      ammaloy

      upthread about language usage changing over time. That's absolutely okay, and this is why Dictionaries keep up. There's a fantastic piece from Orwell on this, making the language preservationist argument, which is often very bound up with national identity or a fear of the changing times. But in truth, language does change. The question is always, "Is this standard use?" And of course, "Do I care that it's not?"

      I would say the correct use is "nauseated" and would mark a student paper for it, but if they came back at me with a citable argument from a credible dictionary that it was colloquial OR they said, "I was being creative because..." then I'd take it fine and well.

      Then again, I'm super benevolent and love the general evolution of language. Common use is just that. I think English is a fantastic job because you deal in always changing issues. But do not get me started on the Oxford comma. I draw the line there.

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