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- n. One who defines a language by usage rather than theory.
In Comfortable Words, Bergen Evans described the subtle difference in a blaze of usagist brilliance: “Confronted with a choice between choose and opt, my impulse is to opt for choose.”
I checked with the usagist Jacques Barzun, who is a friend.
Richard Grant White, the popular American usagist, declares donate "abominable" and inaugurate "nonsense."
This despite the usagist Ted Bernstein’s condemnation of it as “a casualism that has no place in serious writing” at bastions of good grammar like The New York Times.