kutsuwamushi: from a Married to the Sea Comic (edumacation)
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I know I shouldn't, but I still get irritated when people use "popular" to describe things that are common but don't involve a preference or choice, e.g. "it's popular for languages to conjugate for person and number."

It seems that they're still mostly not using it for negative things - so it's still not synonymous with "common." But it's also not my meaning of popular, either.

I think I'm starting to understand what it feels like to be an old fogey afraid of language change. Help, the world is leaving me behind! I'm mortal and will die.

Date: 2017-06-21 10:34 pm (UTC)
dorothy1901: Gilda: Put the blame on Mame (Default)
From: [personal profile] dorothy1901
I feel for you. I handle my discomfort with the difference between the original meaning of "decimate" versus the current meaning of "decimate" by mostly avoiding the word.

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