[PD] [folder] external?

Mathieu Bouchard matju at artengine.ca
Fri Jun 25 02:18:37 CEST 2010

On Thu, 24 Jun 2010, Kim Cascone wrote:
> Mathieu Bouchard wrote:
>> Perhaps, but you still should have a look at
>>   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Begging_the_question
> which begs the question: does common and widespread usage of a grammatical 
> mistake make it correct given enough time? ;)

Well, I don't consider it to be grammatical, it seems to be a vocabulary 
issue instead, but in any case, it happened very often that mistakes 
become correct given enough time, and in fact, much of today's definitions 
and vocabulary started with things that sounded plain wrong and was 
frowned upon. But to make it correct, you first have to kill everybody who 
considers it wrong ;) or wait till they die on their own (the latter of 
which is what usually happens... but not all of the time !)

An example of grammatical "mistake" is to end a sentence with a 
preposition, but it's sort of a reverse case, because it's a change of 
opinion, not a change of grammar : ending sentences with propositions is 
traditional English, and a myth has been running around to justify a 
covert reform. But when using English, as much as I can be annoyed by many 
things, ending sentences with a preposition is obviously something I have 
never had a problem with.

Par contre, en français, on saurait pas ce que tu parles de.

(This is a common joke about how people often speak French in certain 
areas of Canada...)

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