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porous_grey_matter @lemmy.ml
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  • Should we just let any old thing that slips into common usage to become the norm?

    Yes.

    Why not spell it "definately"? It's very common and everyone understands it.

    I don't think that quite meets the threshold yet, since most people who do that would still agree that it's not correct. However, it's close, and I wouldn't be against recording it as an alternative spelling.

    It's a bit tangential, but English spelling is awful anyway, it bears hardly any relationship to the pronunciation, and I think it's great if it evolves to be a bit less unintuitive.

    I suppose you probably do accept the existence of American spellings, even if you aren't from there? So the only difference between us is time, and how many people use a variant. Everyone is a descriptivist, some people just also think they should force their opinions on others, which is wrong. ;)

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  • You wanted a lecture, here you go:

    You can use less for countable nouns, any of them. We've been doing it for literally centuries. In fact, it has never been used only for uncountable nouns (unlike fewer, which has generally only been used for countable nouns). Correct language is determined by what native speakers use on purpose, not what a textbook or teacher says.

    At least read the Wikipedia and the dictionary if you want to keep a strong opinion about this:

    However, modern linguistics has shown that idiomatic past and current usage consists of the word less with both countable nouns and uncountable nouns so that the traditional rule for the use of the word fewer stands, but not the traditional rule for the use of the word less. As Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of English Usage explains, "Less refers to quantity or amount among things that are measured and to number among things that are counted.”

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fewer_versus_less

  • Ruby turds
  • Putin maybe, Kim-Jong definitely not. Just Meta's net profit (let well alone revenue) is well over NK's entire GDP. Even if he literally owned the entire country which he certainly does not, he wouldn't be nearly as wealthy as Musk or Bezos.

  • Can I install linux on this?
  • Idk (I'm not op) but I think when people say "can I install Linux on this" everyone knows they mean gnu/Linux. Yes, if I'm picking a container base image obviously alpine is also Linux, and if we're talking about kernels then Android is too. But if we're talking about desktop OSes then I think it's close enough.