Ask yourself how many hours, days, months, years of your life to date have been spent in attempting to please the language mavens. And now Pinker seems to be saying--in the first part of the chapter, at least--that they have little, if any basis for their demands. How does this make you feel about them and their supposed standards? Do you believe Pinker, or do you feel an urge to do violence to him, the messenger, even if what he says may have an element of truth in it? Toward the end of the chapter he appears to back off a bit, or does he? What, exactly is his position, all told, and where does this leave you? Tell me in a page or two.