Usage (language)

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The usage of a language is the manner in which the written and spoken language is used, the "points of grammar, syntax, style, and the choice of words", and "the way in which a word or phrase is normally and correctly used".wikipedia
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Style guide

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The usage of a language is the manner in which the written and spoken language is used, the "points of grammar, syntax, style, and the choice of words", and "the way in which a word or phrase is normally and correctly used".
The style guide may require certain best practices in usage, language composition, visual composition, orthography and typography.

Linguistic prescription

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The usage of a language can mean the way people actually use the language, or prescriptively the way one group feels that people ought to use it. Defoe proposed the creation of a language society of 36 individuals who would set prescriptive language rules for the approximately six million English speakers.
Linguistic prescription, or prescriptive grammar, is the attempt to lay down rules defining preferred or "correct" use of language.

Syntax

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The usage of a language is the manner in which the written and spoken language is used, the "points of grammar, syntax, style, and the choice of words", and "the way in which a word or phrase is normally and correctly used".

Grammar

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The usage of a language is the manner in which the written and spoken language is used, the "points of grammar, syntax, style, and the choice of words", and "the way in which a word or phrase is normally and correctly used".
With the advent of written representations, formal rules about language usage tend to appear also.

Usus

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Usus (usus — usage; long-established rule, practice, custom) is the common usage of linguistic units (words, idioms, forms) in a particular speech community.

English writing style

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The style of a piece of writing is the way in which features of the language are used to convey meaning, typically but not always within the constraints of more widely accepted conventions of usage, grammar, and spelling.

Common English usage misconceptions

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This list comprises widespread modern beliefs about English language usage that are documented by a reliable source to be misconceptions.

List of English words with disputed usage

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Some English words are often used in ways that are contentious among writers on usage and prescriptive commentators.

Language

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The usage of a language is the manner in which the written and spoken language is used, the "points of grammar, syntax, style, and the choice of words", and "the way in which a word or phrase is normally and correctly used".

Written language

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The usage of a language is the manner in which the written and spoken language is used, the "points of grammar, syntax, style, and the choice of words", and "the way in which a word or phrase is normally and correctly used".

Spoken language

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The usage of a language is the manner in which the written and spoken language is used, the "points of grammar, syntax, style, and the choice of words", and "the way in which a word or phrase is normally and correctly used".

The Chicago Manual of Style

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The Chicago Manual of Style says "the great mass of linguistic issues that writers and editors wrestle with don't really concern grammar at all—they concern usage: the collective habits of a language's native speakers", and "the standards of good usage change, however slowly."

Dictionary

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Dictionaries are not always accurate guides to "good usage".

Lexicography

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"Despite occasional usage notes, lexicographers generally disclaim any intent to guide writers and editors on the thorny points of English usage."

Daniel Defoe

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According to Jeremy Butterfield, "The first person we know of who made usage refer to language was Daniel Defoe, at the end of the seventeenth century".

List of language regulators

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Defoe proposed the creation of a language society of 36 individuals who would set prescriptive language rules for the approximately six million English speakers.

Linguistic discrimination

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Linguistic discrimination (also called glottophobia, linguicism and languagism) is the unfair treatment of an individual based solely on their use of language.

Headlamp

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Headlamps are also often called headlights, but in the most precise usage, headlamp is the term for the device itself and headlight is the term for the beam of light produced and distributed by the device.

Military academy

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In U.S. usage, the United States Military Academy and the United States Naval Academy are both service academies.

Hypercorrection

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In sociolinguistics, hypercorrection is non-standard use of language that results from the over-application of a perceived rule of language-usage prescription.

Bryan A. Garner

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Bryan Andrew Garner (born 1958) is an American lawyer, lexicographer, and teacher who has written more than two dozen books about English usage and style as well as advocacy.

Speech community

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A speech community is a group of people who share a set of linguistic norms and expectations regarding the use of language.

Slang

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Slang is language (words, phrases, and usages) of an informal register that members of particular in-groups favor (over the common vocabulary of a standard language) in order to establish group identity, exclude outsiders, or both.