Fighting the Inner Presciptivist with XKCD

I’ve been reading xkcd comics for about 6 years, religiously. I have, in fact, read every single one of them because, like a dork, when I first started reading them, I did the ‘catching up on a new webcomic’ thing and went through the archives. Though Randall claims his is a webcomic of ‘romance, sarcasm, math, and language’, it’s probably safe to say that ‘language’ isn’t often a topic. However, in all those years, he has never posted a single thing about language that immediately made me think, ‘THIS IS WRONG!’. However, today’s comic did:

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As Word Press kindly suggested to me, Hello World! My name’s Devon, and it is my pleasure to welcome you to my little tiny piece of the internet. I’m not sure what I’m going to do with it yet. Oh! I know! I’m going to justify the text. Watching the text go on to the next line and leave a gap at the side was painful. All better now.

As you can see, reader,¹ I’m not particularly skilled in the art of blogging. Most problematically, I have to figure out what to do with all the little discontinuous asides that want to go on the screen; if strung together in this post, they would result in entirely illegible writing. So I’ve decided to footnote them when I think they’re worthwhile.

Since I’m new to this medium, I suppose I’ll take a moment to consider the fact that I just typed ‘screen’ and not ‘paper’ or even the suitably ambiguous ‘page’². I also just used the term ‘typed’ instead of ‘wrote’. The former was Continue reading