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North Carolina State University

And yet it moves

In my editing class at Loyola University Maryland I seldom use specimens from student newspapers, because, I tell my students, finding fault with them is like fishing with dynamite—too easy to be morally sound. But my eminent colleague @Mededitor has brought to my attention a student column defending prescriptivism that is too ripe to be ignored. From Daniel Root’s “A defense of strict grammar rules and policing” in North Carolina State University’s Technician: “The idea that language evolves to suit its users is a nice thought, but in practice this would be a nightmare. If language changed to suit the changing social paradigms, then nothing...