I can't control the way language is used or the way it develops. I can point out grammatical errors that others make and they can point out grammatical errors I make, either to ridicule each other or to help each other become better writers and speakers.
The movies often used grammatical and pronunciation errors for comic relief, but, this isn't comic relief. This is real and serious and frightening and hilarious all at the same time.
Typically people won't care about facts, challenge their use of words
and they will just become angry and defensive ridiculing anyone who
dares to challenge their use of vernacular.
There are occasions when people, in general, begin using terms
that are grammatically nonsensical and I occasionally find this
The word liberal comes from the Greek (maybe it is the Latin,
can't remember exactly but that really doesn't matter) root Liber,
meaning "free". It is actually a very nice
word. When combined with the suffix al, meaning "other
than" or "related to", we create a word, Liberal,
meaning "related to free".
Strictly speaking Liberal does not refer to a person, but, a state
or concept. We can have a "Liberal Idea" or an idea
related to the concept of "free". We can have a
"Liberal Education" or an education related to "free
thinking" or "open thinking".
Strictly speaking a person involved in exploring "free",
"free thought", "open ideas" would called a
Liber-ist. Strictly speaking if we call a person a "liberalist"
that person would be "a person other than free".
language is not ruled by grammar. Language is ruled by popular
opinion and so grammatical corruptions such as the use of the word
"liberal" to describe a persons belief come into popular
use. These grammatical corruptions become popular language and
people use them in the most ridiculous fashion. Linguistic
experts have even thought to define dialects of English based on
grammatical corruptions into a separate language called "Ebonics".
Now think about that for a minute. A Global Political Movement
claiming superior education, intelligence and understanding which
defines itself using a grammatically corrupted word worthy of
I find that pretty hilarious.
It actually becomes even better because there are other
grammatical corruptions like “neoconservative”. Neo means “new”,
Con means “together”, Serve means “take care of” or
“maintain”, Ative means “those who work to” so
“neoconcervative” means “new together we work to care for” or
“new together we maintain”. Pretty stupid sounding word.
People who cringe at the misuse of “who” and “whom” or
“then” and “than” will expound thoughtlessly using terms like
Liberal and Neoconservative.
I find it frighteningly ridiculously, as if Leo Gorcy of the
“Bowery Boys” has been training political commentators. At least
Leo Gorcy usually played a happy, harmless kind of guy.