OT: FAQ and GNU
Robert J. Hansen
rjh at sixdemonbag.org
Fri Oct 13 00:50:55 CEST 2017
> The observation that one, some, many, or all people use a linguistic
> construct in an incorrect way do not change the fact that it is
It quite definitely does. Unlike, say, French or Icelandic, where
there's an actual institution charged with the development of the
language, the *only* definition of correctness in English is found in
whether it conforms to everyday usage in the community in question.
You can insist all you want that a cheater is someone appointed by the
Crown to look after royal escheats, but (a) nobody cares that's what the
word originally meant and (b) you'll be using the language incorrectly.
(How did cheater get associated with dishonest people? Let's say the
Crown's cheaters had a certain reputation...)
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