Slashdot.org pointed out an article in The Wall Street Journal concerning "proper English". Goodness knows that I have aired my pet peeves (see, Stu, I can spell it "properly", on occasion!) concerning ungrammatical constructs. (I was venting to Hunky Husband, just this morning, about - among other things - improper formation of plurals in a plan another volunteer had written concerning training. She consistently used "ABC's" - not the real letters - as a plural instead of as a possessive.)
On occasion, I remind myself that the language is whatever people say it is...determined by how the language is actually used. Below is the opening paragraph of The Journal's article.
Never mind the grammar scolds. If people say it, it’s the right way to speak [sic]
It’s a perpetual lament: The purity of the English language is under assault. These days we are told that our ever-texting teenagers can’t express themselves in grammatical sentences. The media delight in publicizing ostensibly incorrect usage. A few weeks ago, pundits and columnists lauded a Wikipedia editor in San Jose, Calif., who had rooted out and changed no fewer than 47,000 instances where contributors to the online encyclopedia had written “comprised of” rather than “composed of.” Does anyone doubt that our mother tongue is in deep decline?
To read the rest, please click on the title of The Journal's article.