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from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A person who believes that acceptable practices should be prescribed by an authority rather than be determined by the usage of the general public; especially, a supporter of prescriptive{2} rules of grammar; -- also used attributively, as prescriptivist grammar.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Someone who lays down rules regarding language usage, or who believes that traditional norms of language usage should be upheld.
  • adjective Having a tendency to prescribe.


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prescriptive +‎ -ist


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  • Not many of these around here, thankfully.

    August 18, 2007

  • You need a verb in that sentence. Gosh.

    August 20, 2007

  • A follower of the linguistic school of thought that says there is one true way to use language (usually the rules we are indoctrinated with in school) and that deviances from it in real life are wrong and should be frowned upon.

    June 27, 2008

  • Antonym - descriptivist

    June 27, 2008

  • Um, I have a prescription from my doctors (Drs. Yarb, Bilby, Reesetee and Palooka) that says I don't have to be prescriptivist this week 'cause of *turning red* um, deviant language

    June 27, 2008

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    June 27, 2008

  • Heehee.

    June 27, 2008