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Usage is the manner in which written and spoken language is used, the "points of grammar, syntax, style, and the choice of words".<ref>H. W. Fowler's Dictionary of Modern English Usage</ref> and "the way in which a word or phrase is normally and correctly used". Usage can mean the way people actually use language or prescriptively the way one group feels that people ought to use it.<ref>Jeremy Butterfield, (2008) Damp Squid: The English Language Laid Bare, Oxford University Press, Oxford. 978-0-19-923906. p. 137.</ref>

The Chicago Manual of Style says "the great mass of linguistic issues that writers and editors wrestle with don't really concern grammar at all—they concern usage: the collective habits of a language's native speakers",<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=book }}</ref> and "the standards of good usage change, however slowly."<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=book }}</ref>

Dictionaries are not always accurate guides to "good usage." "Despite occasional usage notes, lexicographers generally disclaim any intent to guide writers and editors on the thorny points of English usage."<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=book }}</ref>


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