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POLL: Are You a Grammarian or a Linguist?


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Personal logo x42brown Supporting Member of TMP writes:

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VOTING RESULTS
AnswerVotes%Chart
not interested
29
20%
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Malapropisms, mondegreens, and folk etymologies -are- Culture, as are Ribald Riddles, Lascivious Limericks, and Other Good, Clean Dirty Fun
40
27%
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no opinion
6
4%
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Proper Grammar is the very Foundation of Civilization, and Proper Punctuation is the sole indicator of Education
42
28%
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needs more boobies
19
13%
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Zardoz
12
8%
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POLL DESCRIPTION

Personal logo Volstagg Vanir Supporting Member of TMP explains:

According to the Eggcorn Database:
Linguists collect usage examples. Unlike language teachers or the often self-styled grammar experts who complain in the press about the decay of English, they are not picky: the actual, real-life use is what counts, and the most interesting bits those that might reveal something about how real people apprehend their language often stretch the received rules of correctness.
I think the underlying split in mental 'types' actually has deeper ramifications: those who strive for the platonic ideal (grammarians) vs. those who thrive in messy inconsistencies (linguists), I leave it as a creative exercise to apply the concept more broadly.

Poll set up by Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian, based on this pre-poll discussion.