Words: Non-standard adj.

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NON-STANDARD is one of the words those frighteningly polite people at Chambers use to describe errors in spelling or usage which they, with a resigned air, now feel are sanctioned by popular consent.

It is, they say, "colloq." to use infer to mean imply. Spelling minuscule as miniscule is "not yet widely accepted". Using protagonist to mean "champion of a cause" is merely "non-standard".

Standard is a weaselly sort of word, covering a broad spectrum of shades ranging from "typical, average, unexceptional" to "accepted as supremely authoritative".

For this reason, the term Standard English, is, according to Chambers, "generally shunned by linguists". Is "Standard English" a non-standard use of the word "standard"?

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