April 08, 2004

"Study linguistics, not grammar"?

I like the word grammar, myself. But maybe Peter Van Dijck at Guide to Ease is onto something when he links to Dive into Mark's "grammar nazi" post and writes

Grammar nazi's are sad. They, like, really miss the point of language altogether, all while professing they love language. Ay! Study linguistics, not grammar, dudes!

I'm not ready to put that on my banner. But we could use some good slogans. I can't think of any since Robert Hall's proto-libertarian "Leave your language alone!" Suggestions?

Posted by Mark Liberman at April 8, 2004 09:05 PM