I think I’ve been quite thorough in my previous comments; therefore there is no point in iterating what I’ve already posted. I’ve explained my position on grammar rules (read the thread) and I’ve elaborated on the anticipated and vogue trolling condemnation.
Regarding abject, I think it was misused, but if it wasn’t, it certainly was overly dramatic and misused in the context of Lionello’s statement. (Regardless, I’m not going to deviate into arguing semantics.) For heaven’s sake, we’re debating on an internet site, I against Wordorigin’s team, but Lionello whimpers, “[i]Dave I owe you an abject [/i]apology.” Followed by: “ I cannot believe that this last shocking torrent of vituperation was produced from a normal person.” Welcome to planet earth Lionello.
Seriously, regarding Wilton’s comment: “If you consider that your viewpoint might be wrong, then the fact that no one agrees with you is hardly suspicious.”
I will iterate, (note, all you word connoisseurs, iterate means, to repeat; whereas, reiterate, which is constantly misused, means to repeat over and over again.) my viewpoint is not at all wrong, an opinion can never be wrong, my position is supported by many prescriptivists and a few linguists and grammarians. My suspicion is based on the fact that no one “on your blog” agrees with me. After all, I did imply that some of the grammatical rules might be bogus. Not one person, as in January’s debate, has come to my defense.
In my opinion when someone condemns or dismisses “proper grammar”, but stringently adheres to those grammatical rules in discourse or writing, then I think there’s a taint of hypocrisy. For expressing this opinion I am being excoriated by Wordorigin’s crew, but I thank you all for the edification.
Wilton also accused me of truculent behavior, a complete mischaracterization of my behavior. Nobody, apart from subscribers to this blog, would characterize my behavior as truculent; although my last posting was perhaps vitriolic, but far from truculent.
Languagehat snidely and condescendingly suggested that I should take a course in linguistics or at least read a book on it, because obviously he objects to my opinion. I responded to his patronizing remarks and his next posting was: “ The post title has become ironic…” Apparently everyone can spew out veiled invective, but I cannot retaliate, because all of you are cocooned in a false sense of self-righteousness, and I am the neophyte intruder.
The war on grammar is historic and perpetual and we will not end it on this silly blog. My opinion counters all of yours, and I’m entitled to it. I respect everyone’s position on this site, but I shall vigorously defend mine.