Joe Ganley
Writing code since 1979
I have been a professional software engineer for over 10 years. I have written many kinds of software, but my particular strengths are interactive graphics applications, compilers and interpreters, and algorithms.

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Wednesday, April 21, 2004


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Ned Batchelder, the How grammatically sound are you? quiz. Ned's post complains a bit about arcane rules of grammar that don't match the way people really speak. The heart of this argument is the age-old battle between the prescriptivists, who believe that the rules of grammar, punctuation, and vocabulary strictly define the "correct" use of a language, and descriptivists, who believe that the "correct" language is that which is actually spoken, and any rules should simply codify real usage. (Some refer to these as judgmental and nonjudgmental, respectively.) I am more on the side of prescriptivism, and my wife (an English professor) even moreso; Ned, apparently, is more of a descriptivist. I could go on, but Mark Halpern's Atlantic essay says it much better than I would. (BTW, according to that quiz I'm a 'Grammar God,' as I would expect.)

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