What are people's views on the 'proper use' of the English langauge, both written and spoken? By this I mean, variant spellings and pronounciations, the invention and induction of new words (including internet words) into the language and the rules of grammar. Please refer to both fiction and non-fiction. P.S My opinion is one of descriptivism- as long as it is understandable it counts. Words are like clothes, you wear different clothes for different things. 'Standard English' is only so because in 1476 Caxton chose the Oxford, Cambridge and London triangle as the dialect to print the first books in Britain in. 100 years either way and the seat of power may have shifted (this is why Caxton's choice was that triangle). There is nothing superior in terms of status about 'proper English', in my opinion.