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Loose Language

Joseph Bottum, prolix

Oct 25, 2010, Vol. 16, No. 06 • By JOSEPH BOTTUM
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But if that’s wrong, then so be it. Personally, I’m with the copy editors on this. Give me a prescriptivism—a descriptive prescriptivism, if need be, but a prescriptivism nonetheless. If college professors want syllabi, I’m all for it. If they want syllabuses, instead, they should go ahead. But can’t they make up their minds? It’s their word. All they have to do is decide what it’s to be, and then tell the rest of us.


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