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April 18, 2010
I am always conflicted about whether to accept distortions of language when they become common usage. After all, the current rules of grammar only came about once our language evolved on its own to a certain point at which scholars decided they should attempt to set down consistent laws. It can be difficult to decide whether to embrace a change or to be horrified at the mutilation of the language. There is a lot of dumbing down of language in popular media, but if we stubbornly insist on clinging to old formalities, we would still be using thee and thou.