Simon, John






(1925) Though not a native English speaker — he was born in Serbia — he is one of the most uncompromising and acerbic American prescriptivists and solecism mockers, notably in his book Paradigms Lost: Reflections on Literacy and Its Decline.

A thinking man's prescriptivist


In this excerpt from the Story of English, Robert MacNeil pits Simon against the descriptivist Jesse Sheildlower.



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