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Is there any rule for the usage level of a grammatical error above which it is no longer treated as an error?

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Can you give some examples of which classes of words you mean? E.g. "pwned", "wierd", "dilemna"? –  Mr Lister Oct 19 '12 at 16:51
    
I've seen programmes on the BBC where compilers of - the OED, I think it was - sat around a table and argued over whether neologisms (and etymologies) should be allowed into their sacred tome. For grammar, I think most people accept the CGEL (Pullum and Huddleston) as the final word. Some articles challenge their pronouncements (on analyses if not allowable usages), and, given time, I'm sure the CGEL will be amended in some areas if not superseded. –  Edwin Ashworth Oct 19 '12 at 16:57
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I think this is Not Constructive. Some people still froth at the mouth when they hear "Who do you think you are talking to?" (they think it should be whom). –  FumbleFingers Oct 19 '12 at 16:58
    
It could be a miss-spelling such as the ones you have suggested or a common misuse such as the criteria is (criteria being plural). Sometimes these can be used more often that the correct versions. If they are, does it make them right? –  Alan Gee Oct 19 '12 at 16:59
    
It seems strange to me then that in a number of answers on this forum, statistics are used as a justification for grammatical errors. –  Alan Gee Oct 19 '12 at 17:00
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closed as not constructive by FumbleFingers, MετάEd, Lynn, Jim, Alan Gee Oct 19 '12 at 18:00

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Seems to be the answer - thanks to FumbleFingers. I'm happy for this to be closed now.

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