Sundays are a Day of Rest – by which I mean a Day of talking about the Rest of my life; that is, outside linguistics.
We’re not supposed to lecture people about their use of double negatives.
We can’t send angry letters to Tesco for having a sign saying “Ten Items or Less” instead of “Ten Items or Fewer”.
Instead, our job is to consider why people speak and write the way they do, and account for differences from the “accepted” way of speaking and writing. Continue reading