Truculence: Ferociously cruel actions of behavior. Exhibiting violence or destructiveness. How does this apply to me? You are either unfamiliar with the word or you enjoy indulging in hyperbole.
In our last debate approximately two months ago you claimed that I failed to understand what a subordinate clause was, “…while claiming to teach writing at university levle [sic]…” I never made such a claim, nor was I unfamiliar with subordinate clauses. I responded to your post and asked you where or when did I make such a claim. Your silence spoke a thousand words.
If I’m an incompetent writer Mr. Wilton then why not instruct me on where I err, or perhaps why your position is more rational and logical then mine. Please note, I don’t enumerate the numerous academic prescriptivists whom you apparently vilify, but where you are not even the shadow of their shadow.
Is there such a thing as irrational descriptivism, or are only prescriptivists labeled as such? Are descriptivists also incompetent writers or just prescriptivists? Please, edify me. It is blatantly evident that you excoriate only the traditionalists who counter your position with logic, and therefore you resort to ad hominem attacks rather than intellect.
You have your moderators and sycophants who essentially do your dirty work and then occasionally you spew out your venom, like a snake when it’s cornered.
The categorization of a person as a troll seems to be sine quo non amongst descriptivist bloggers when referring to anyone who disagrees or refutes their position. There is an extensive article on bloggers who accuse people of trolling simply because they disagree or refute their position.
Lionello labels me a neophyte. Why? What have I articulated in my postings that would categorize me as a neophyte? What I submitted is based on what I read, and my stance is predicated on what I find to be more logical and persuasive. He then translates what he thought I was trying to say, as if what I said was completely abstruse. It’s laughable the hubris of you people on this blog. As long as one concurs with your position one can write in Pig Latin and not get a scintilla of criticism, but just one opposing viewpoint and the daggers come out with vengeance.
I get quite an education by reading all these blogs from pop-up linguists and pop-up grammarians who reiterate their dogmas to their followers. The intellectual deprivation on these blogs is astounding.
Mr.Wilton, you being the administrator of this blog have demonstrated such an immature and unintelligent approach to an opposing viewpoint that I could never take you seriously in any further debate. You fallaciously accused me of claiming to be a writing teacher and when I asked you to submit proof of that claim you spinelessly crawled into the woodwork and abruptly ended the thread to that debate and your cohorts obediently followed your lead. Your stance is tenuous as is your courage; shame on you.