I'm just your typical high school linguistics club president/student attending a science and tech school. As you'll see in my abuse of userboxes, I'm redundant and hypocritical.
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ack oork ee'urrr sque'ek eer.
This user knows that because English is a living language, grammar and syntax are not fixed.
a lot alot This user recognizes that
linguistic change is a natural and desirable aspect of human language.
Majority ≠ right This user recognizes that even if 300,000,000 people make the same mistake, it's still
fallacy ad populum Although this user acknowledges the logical falacy
, (s)he does not think that it applies to human language, and recognises that the majority determines grammatical "right" and "wrong". ad populum
Correct Grammar This user recognizes that if most people make the same grammatical "mistake", it ceases to be a mistake and becomes proper grammar, for grammar has no immutable or moral "right" or "wrong" and "correct grammar" is determined by majority usage.
This user considers his or her use of
non-standard, but less evil than his or her use of wordy references to him or her. singular they
mankind This user supports the use of
when it reasonably exists as an alternative to a common gendered word. gender-neutral language
This user considers
a perfectly logical alternative to amn't aren’t in the first person singular.
This user believes that couldn't've would make a perfectly fine word.
ubiquitous ≠ widespread
This user asserts that the more common word is often not the most precise.
Subj This user prefers that the
subjunctive mood be used. Were this user you, he would use it.
"There's" with a plural subject
This user knows that "there's" with a plural subject is a pervasive grammatical error.
There's too many people making this mistake. Don't be one of them. There are
two This user thinks that
too many people have no idea how to use words that they should have learned in grade two.
than / then
This user understands the difference between using "
" and " than ." then
their / there / they're
This user thinks that
there are too many people who don’t know that they're worse than their own children at spelling!
This user thinks that if
your grammar is incorrect, then you’re in need of help.
its & it’s
This user understands
the difference between its and it’s. So should you.
insists upon using wherever it is called for, and fixes the errors of whomever they see. whom
much & many
This user understands the
difference between much & many.
Latin Plurals: "Data is are..." This user uses "data", "media", "memoranda", "criteria", and "agenda" as the plurals of "datum", "medium", "memorandum", "criterion", and "agendum".
ain't nobody This user hates seeing
clutter up the English language. He/she wants to stomp it out no matter what it takes. double negatives
-ly This user mourns the apparent death of the
adverb, a loss that this user feels most serious.
This user is addicted to
; he or she uses them frequently. semicolons
ANAL 5 This user is incredibly stringent with professional grammar.
Ths usre hass verry goode spelng.
AIM-Able This user understands
perfectly well, but does not seriously use it. Ever. AIM talk
This user is interested in the human
or soul . spirit
This user believes in
This user believes that the pursuit of balance can create imbalance because sometimes something is true. †
This user believes that passion is often inversely proportional to the amount of real information available. †
This user is aware that a man with two watches on, may not be sure what time it is.
This user is aware that complex problems have simple, easy to understand wrong answers.
This user is a Libertarian (United States).