A Guide to Bad Linguistics

Language myths and distortions abound in popular society. I first realized how pervasive and problematic many of them are while I was writing the FAQ for r/linguistics over at Reddit. Where is the layperson to turn for answers? Look no further.


  • Creationist Linguistics
  • Etymological Fallacy
  • Grammar Nazis & Why They Are Wrong
  • Myths
    • Popular Myths
    • Historical Linguistics Myths
      • There is no oldest language
      • We do not have words reconstructed to 15,000 years ago
      • American/British English dialects are equally conservative and divergent. Neither is special.
      • African American dialects are different, not dumber