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michaelr We must stop correcting grammar (202* d) RE: We must stop correcting grammar 30 Nov 17

pfr - "pedantic imposition of over precise rigid rules of English Language was a ruling class elite tool of oppression and power consolidation"

Well, in Britain, how one spoke was historically an indicator of class, was it not? (said he through his nose) So your statement makes some sense, until one asks the question what "over precise" means: who decides it's "over" just precise?

I grew up and went to high school in Germany, with teachers for parents. German is a much more precise and inflexible language than English, second probably only to Latin. No one speaks it the way it is written in literature, mainly because it would take too long. However, in my mind precision is a good thing. It affords the speaker a greater probability to have his meaning understood, which furthers communication. I hope we can agree that is a Good Thing.

I came to love the English language for its flexibility and degree of imprecision, shorter words and the possibility of shorter sentences. I would hate to see it degraded.

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