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I'm surprised no one else has queried whether the word "proscriptivists" in the penultimate paragraph wasn't meant to be "prescriptivists." To proscribe is to forbid, denounce, or condemn. To prescribe is to recommend or to state that a rule should be carried out.

Did the writer really mean to imply that those who serve as linguistic gatekeepers are engaged in forbidding, denouncing, or condemning the natural evolution of language?

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