yes I know I ended this sentence with a preposition, dont me grammar nerds
The only reason not to do it is that some upper-classholes who had Latin educations and a huge desire to be better than people who didn't. So they went "it's a PRE position so it has to have the position BEFORE the noun, that's what the word MEANS." The same kinds of tedious arguments people still try to make now. But etymology isn't destiny.
@anarchiv @error_1202 @balrogboogie it's true! see also split infinitives, which can't exist in latin, and in english used to be a similarly shibbolethical marker of pejorative-"uneducated" speech and writing but literally nobody cares any more
granted, this does not indicate any growth in respect for the vernacular among elites so much as just a gradual drift in the loci of their contempt for it, but fuck 'em tbh
@anarchiv @error_1202 @balrogboogie one of these days someone is gonna desperately need to find a strange german in a crowded room and, as the shouts of rage and horror shake the roofbeams, my soul will forever repose in sublime joy at the knowledge that, when my true moment finally came, it did not find me wanting
masto instance for the tildeverse