Tense Present: Democracy, English, and the Wars over Usage - David Foster Wallace

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There are lots of epithets for people like this - Grammar Nazis, Usage Nerds, Syntax Snobs, the Language Police. The term I was raised with is Snoot. The word might be slightly self-mocking, but those other terms are outright dysphemisms. A Snoot can be defined as somebody who knows what dysphemism means and doesn't mind letting you know it.

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