Nobody uses whom anymore, people willfully split infinitives, sentences purposefully ended with prepositions, and now the serial comma is to be avoided as a general rule. Prescriptivists are likely going to be really pissed a new edition of an Oxford University guide suggests a comma can be used, however, if it assists meaning or resolves ambiguity. OMG! A style guide suggesting usage based in motivation!
I’m pleased. Prescriptivism must die. I love it when editors admit writers do have choices.
Is there any leftist cause for which dagseoul isn’t a keyboard warrior? Prescriptivism is for landed, bourgeoisie, white, elitist, racist, homophobic, misogynist, ableist aristocrats, OBVIOUSLY.
Linguistic prescriptivism has no basis in reality. If anybody who whines and bitches about grammar actually bothered to read anything remotely scientific on language, they’d find this out easily enough. Pondering “who” vs “whom” and correcting split infinitives only shows that you bought into some stylistic guidelines taught to you in school.