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To Hell With "Whom" (And More On The Inexorable Evolution Of Language)

Jan 10, 2019

Language is an untamable beast. You can decide that infinitives aren't to be split and that "whom" is the objective form of "who" and that "literally" literally means literally. But here's the thing: Language doesn't have to care one way or the other what nonsense you've decided.

To quote our guest Lane Greene:

Language is not so much logical as it is useful. It is not composed; it is improvised. It is not well behaved; it is resourceful. It is not delicate; it is hardy. It is not threatened; it is self-renewing. It is not perfect. But it is amazing.

Plus: a look at 2018's great innovation and achievements... in swearing.

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Colin McEnroe contributed to this show.