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Old April 22 2013, 10:01 AM   #10
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Re: Grammar Nazi Thread: Smooshing Words Together

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And then there are the NON-WORDS that are just plain wrong. Like "alot." There is simply no such word, yet I see it several times a day on the internet.
Then there IS such a word. That's how words are created, that's how language evolves.
When the majority of educated native English speakers accept it and it appears in dictionaries, then it'll be a word. Which will be never.
I suspect there are a few words you accept and use freely about which some snob whined 150 years ago. What's your cutoff point? Like, do you have a year? "All words entered into the OED prior to 1928 are real, and all those that came later are not." Isn't this a bit arbitrary and really about taste, rather than language?

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