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Posted March 24, 2013 at 11:26AM
Chronos the 2nd
"I believe it is quite pompous to expect us to abide by some archaic rules decided by god knows who/whom."
The 'archaic rules' you describe were themselves the result of the natural evolution of language - its refinement if you like.
We have rules in language because its purpose is to allow us to communicate information and ideas to others. In order to make what we say understandable by almost anyone we must acknowledge the fact that it's necessary to stick to a set of basic rules. If we all acted on your 'no big deal' principle we would discover that some people had difficulty in understanding our precise meaning, and the resulting confusion could have serious consequences.
This need for clarity is what drove the development of the international phonetic alphabet in the late 1800s, and subsequently the International Radiotelephony Spelling Alphabet. The need for a set of words that could be clearly understood by people all over the world who were involved with radio traffic led to the now familiar 'Alpha' 'Bravo' 'Charlie' etc.
Nobody has to slavishly abide by every rule of usage and grammar, but to describe a wish to adhere to them as far as possible as 'pompous' is to exhibit a lack of understanding of the need for them.
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