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Thread #125378   Message #2777372
Posted By: Jack Blandiver
01-Dec-09 - 06:18 AM
Thread Name: BS: Victoriaaaaaar
Subject: RE: BS: Victoriaaaaaar
My point is that culture is what people do; you can't police that, or moderate it, or yet punish it. At best we might observe it and celebrate it; for language will run wild free as it must. The inner laws of language are not governed by the laws of Grammatical Correctness, rather the innate pragmatism by which language will out as an absolute necessity of our individual & collective humanity. Thus it can never be wrong - only in the eyes of the more reactive elements such as found on this thread.

Oh - and here's The Legendary Muscat Cold Of / Could Have Debate from June 1998. I'm particularly proud of this:

We are born understanding the grammar, the grammar is hard-wired into the human brain ready to deal with the cultural software of language, which we receive in any number of ways, and in any number of vernacular variables any one of which might be said to be grammatically correct as long as people understand one another. Abide by your fairy-tale notions of Absolute Grammatical Correctness all you want, but appreciate that such linguistic diversity a) exists, b) is a very good & desirable thing and c) impossible to govern by a set of rules. Language is a cleansing wildfire, it is where the subjectivity of individual cognition & the objectivity of collective culture intertwine, sparking off the empirical excellence of being alive in the first place. Language a two-way interface that determines the vitality of all cultural change & exchange & the most sweetly eloquent of colloquial intercourse - and in the vernacular, language is at its wildest and most dynamic.