What I’ve noticed with English is that many people TRY to be the gatekeepers for the language, often attempting to use lexicographer’s works such as dictionaries to pin down “official definitions”. But as none are official in general, only official in certain limited contexts, it’s usually a wasted effort.

What I’ve noticed with English is that many people TRY to be the gatekeepers for the language, often attempting to use lexicographer’s works such as dictionaries to pin down “official definitions”.
But as none are official in general, only official in certain limited contexts, it’s usually a wasted effort.
There’s certainly a place for prescriptive in language usage. It all depends on the domain.
In the legal domain, it’s crucial and yet that’s often a very sloppy area with a surprising amount of wiggle room.
One might think the mathematical domain was precise but when you get to what the various concepts mean, there can be a lot of wiggle room and play in there as some concepts in mathematics are known through tradition more than internal consistency. That is, the internal consistency is more surface than deep but those that know the mathematics can traverse it — that is, they know where the rocks are to cross the rivers on as it were.
Engineering is probably the general domain where one finds the most precision.
Gatekeeping is another way of talking about prescriptivism.
An example of gatekeeping in memes for example is when a group of people decide that they are the authorities in HOW a meme can be used, what is an appropriate morphing of the meme into new forms and what is unacceptable.
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  Yes. Often prescriptivism is “after the fact”. That is, everything seems ok until a group says “no. that is wrong.”
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Ultimately I think there is a place for all of this to coexist, even the social battles, although it took me a long time to come to terms with it as simply a way things are in many circles.
But I fall strongly on the side of the creative simply because creativity is a delicate process, particularly when it comes to the small details – and really that is a matter of timing.
For example, there is a difference between judging a after the creation is completed, judging a creation in stages while it is being created, watching a creation being created, and “back seat creating” – or nitpicking while the creation is going on.
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Synthesis is combining two or more things into something new. That’s the act of creating.
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  •  I don’t know the motive.
    But I know that someone can be said to “be a creative person” because they:
    a) like to combine two or more things together and making something new
    or
    b) are skilled at combining two or more things together and making something new.
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There are people who are employed as creative people who are absolutely miserable at their careers. But they are skilled at creating and so they do it because it makes money.
There are also people who are creative people who love creating things. Some are employed as creative people and some are not.

 

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If one says “This is good” and another says “This is not good”, is it a success or not a success?
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