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  •  Just because "native speakers" believe that (0+ / 0-)

    "under siege" means "under attack" doesn't make it correct.

    Just like the constant spelling of moron as "moran" and the flame/falme the/teh intentional usages don't really change the correct spelling.

    But thanks for the lecture.

    Since when is the party that embraces all the top tenets of Satan allowed to call the God shots?--wyvern

    by voracious on Wed May 15, 2013 at 03:09:19 PM PDT

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    •  Actually ... (0+ / 0-)

      .... to me as a linguist, the usage and intuitions of native speakers are pretty much the only evidence I can really use.  I study language scientifically.  If I reject something purely because some higher authority tells me that a usage is "wrong", I am essentially excluding data for arbitrary reasons.

      A language is the way it is because of the rules that are agreed-upon among the speaker community, not because of some arbitrary and immutable fact.  As far as the spelling changes you mention -- they could change.  Virtually every aspect of a language can and does change over time.

      Indeed, while "moran" is pretty much wholly an error (and a pretty big one, "teh" is so common that I'd almost say that in an informal, online conversation it's practically standard.  That's hard to say for certain though -- since it still carries a pretty heavy ironic tone to it.

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