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I blame the Renaissance

It never fails. You try to point out that some supposed rule has no validity or make some empirical observation about actual English usage, and immediately comes the God-is-dead-and-everything-is-permitted outcry. It happened today in a Facebook comment on my post "English has no scruples":  "does this mean that i'm longer entitled to cringe when i hear, 'where did you go to school at?' or 'i wish i would have gone?'"  Nothing that I said about the language being what its users collectively make it obliterates the social and cultural dimensions. We recognize registers of language and adjust them for occasion and context....