Images of prescriptivism

We are looking for images that will help to give a visual illustration of prescriptivism. There are of course pictures of Henry Watson Fowler, the author of Modern English Usage, but what else is there that we could use?

 

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5 Responses to Images of prescriptivism

  1. Paula says:

    Have a look at this blog: http://stancarey.wordpress.com/2010/02/16/descriptivism-vs-prescriptivism-war-is-over-if-you-want-it/
    There are a couple of images which might be useful.

  2. Matthijs Smits says:

    http://www.dmagazine.com/Home/2007/10/12/Dallas_Bryan_Garner_is_the_Leading_Lexicographer_of_our_Time.aspx

    Here is a picture of Bryan Garner, author of “Garner’s Modern American Usage” (among other language books), nonchalantly leaning on his oeuvre. To see him wearing a suit signals to me his primary occupation: that of a lawyer. Other pictures of him can be found on his website http://www.lawprose.org.

  3. usageguides says:

    This compares very interestingly with how Fowler is depicted in Crystal’s Encyclopedia of the English Language (p. 196): in his swimsuit. See also From telegraphese to texting: one hundred years of the Concise Oxford Dictionary at http://blog.oxforddictionaries.com/2011/08/knowles-one-hundred-years-coed/.

  4. Paul Bennett says:

    I have a simple cartoon I drew myself. Its caption is “Checkout at a prescriptivist’s store”. You are free to reproduce it in this blog. I will email the picture to Ingrid.

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