Mark Forsyth: “The greatest joy a human being can achieve in this sorrowful world is to get one up on his or her fellow man or woman by correcting their English.”

John Berger: “The word we, when printed or pronounced on screens, has become suspect, for it’s continually used by those with power in the demagogic claim that they are also speaking for those who are denied power. Let’s talk of ourselves as they.”

Whitney Phillips: “The question of definitions is far from merely semantic; what people call things often dictates what people are willing (or feel compelled) to do about them. […] Nothing justifies legal intervention faster or more effectively than vaguely threatening abstract nouns.”

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