Critiquing ""Critique""

Critquing "Critique" Your critique of Dr. Forer’s critique of “critique” as a verb won’t do (The Scientist, December 26, 1988, page 10). The Merriam Webster staff relinquished the right to be a council of last resort when they decided, by inverse snobbery, to regard a word or pronunciation as correct merely because it is often used. A good dictionary should be prescriptive as weil as descriptive. By adopting their misguided policy of sacrificing their prescriptive resp

Ij Good
Mar 19, 1989

Critquing "Critique"

Your critique of Dr. Forer’s critique of “critique” as a verb won’t do (The Scientist, December 26, 1988, page 10). The Merriam Webster staff relinquished the right to be a council of last resort when they decided, by inverse snobbery, to regard a word or pronunciation as correct merely because it is often used. A good dictionary should be prescriptive as weil as descriptive. By adopting their misguided policy of sacrificing their prescriptive responsibilities, the Merriam Webster staff has helped to accelerate the erosion of the English language.

I.J. GOOD
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and
State University
Blacksburg, Va. 24601

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