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Strapline: The perpetuation of prescriptivism in popular culture: The persistence of prescriptive rules in English today, or watching television as a linguist (and cringing at prescriptive rules)

  • Carrie Ankerstein


It is probably safe to say that whenever an expert encounters their field of expertise outside of science or academia, they shudder at misrepresentations, over-simplifications or flat out untruths. This sort of thing sometimes happens to me when I indulge in a bit of couch potato lounging and come across remarks about English or language in general on sitcoms. Thanks to Netflix, I can watch all the shows I missed when they first aired. I say this so that you, dear reader, will understand why my focus is on shows that aired several years ago and are now run as repeats or binge watched via streaming.


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