Re: descriptive vs. prescriptive

Subject: Re: descriptive vs. prescriptive
From: "Race, Paul D" <racepa -at- WHQPOS4B -dot- DAYTONOH -dot- ATTGIS -dot- COM>
Date: Thu, 7 Sep 1995 11:34:32 -0600

Mark Boyer says:

>Personally I consider the difference between descriptive and prescriptive
>to be essentially bogus. If you crosscheck definitions among the major
>American dictionaries (Merriam, Collins, American Heritage), you'll notice
>remarkably little difference (this is incidentally, because all
>dictionaries use the Merriam work as the starting point for their own).

Er, Mark you lost me RIGHT THERE! Speaking of "bogus," that's quite an

Nothing like blowing your credibility even BEFORE you state your opinion on
a subject.

paul -dot- d -dot- race -at- daytonoh -dot- attgis -dot- com (for now)

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