Why Do We Have Grammar Rules?

If we don’t have an academy to regulate the English language, why are there even grammar rules? The best answer I have found is that language’s only purpose is to communicate clearly and effectively with others. One way to be clear is to use mutually-agreed upon conventions. Yoda may be able to get away withContinue reading “Why Do We Have Grammar Rules?”

Should the English Language Be Regulated?

Should English be regulated? The average American student would probably answer “Yes.” English is notoriously difficult to speak and write correctly, in large part because nearly every rule has exceptions. For example, “tough” and “ruff” rhyme, but we spell them very differently. Why don’t we just standardize it all? Many languages, from French and SpanishContinue reading “Should the English Language Be Regulated?”

Need a New Word? Ask a 5-Year-Old.

When my daughter was very young, she had no inhibitions about bending language to her will. She made up words when she found English lacking. Some of those words have become part of our family’s lexicon. Inventing English language words In particular, Katie knew that she was not to use “bad words” to express negativeContinue reading “Need a New Word? Ask a 5-Year-Old.”