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Those of us who are unapologetically devoted to the cause of correct English are not necessarily so hopelessly oldfogyish as some of the "scientific" popularizers of linguistics take us to be. We are not harking back to any imaginary "good old days." Some of us would say unhesitatingly that the best English of today, all things considered, is the best there ever was. We are not disposed, how ever, to accept blithely on the ground of "usage" just any sort of careless confusion or ignorant corruption merely because it has considerable currency. Indeed, one may well contend that there is less excuse for such things now than ever before. A favorite method of argument of those

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