[This is a fast-access FAQ excerpt.]
alt.usage.english is a newsgroup where we discuss the English
language (and also occasionally other languages). We discuss
how particular words, phrases, and syntactic forms are used; how
they originated; and where in the English-speaking world they're
prevalent. (All this is called "description".) We also discuss
how we think they *should* be used ("prescription").
[Read more about "prescriptivism".]
alt.usage.english is for everyone, *not* only for linguists,
native speakers, or descriptivists.