'Joan Acocella has a review of Henry Hitchings' "The "The Language Wars" in this week's New Yorker. It stinks. Real bad. She can't tell the difference between prescriptive and descriptive rules. She accuses Hitchings of making illogical arguments and then makes several of her own (accepting language change is tantamount to going back to the dentistry of Samuel Johnson's time???) She equates vernacular languages with slang. I've rarely seen anything this bad in the NYer.
I sent in a response letter.
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