[LMB] OT: Terry Pratchett

Marc Wilson marc.wilson at gmx.co.uk
Wed Sep 15 18:27:27 BST 2021


On Wed, 15 Sep 2021 15:48:27 +0000, Joel Polowin <jpolowin at hotmail.com>
wrote:

>tidsel <egern at protonmail.com> wrote:
>> But when it comes to it, there is no right or wrong. As I was taught,
>> and agree in, a language is a living thing and it will keep changing,
>> like it or not.  No one owns it. Grammar is strictly speaking not
>> actually rules, but a description of how a language is used - now.
>
>I believe that there *is* a "wrong".  It's wrong when language (mis)use
>impairs communication rather than facilitating it.
>
>Correct use of punctuation makes sentence meaning clear.  Incorrect
>punctuation obscures it.  If someone uses an incorrect homonym
>(e.g. "lose" vs. "loose"), my reading hiccups as my brain has to
>re-parse the sentence to swap in the other verb and its meaning.

"Lose" and "loose" are not homonyms, though, nor homophones.
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