What is usage?

Usage

Usage is the manner in which written and spoken language is used. H. W. Fowler's Dictionary of Modern English Usage "defines usage as 'points of grammar, syntax, style, and the choice of words'". The Oxford Dictionary of English defines usage as "the way in which a word or phrase is normally and correctly used." But the word's meaning can be ambiguous. It can mean "the way people actually use language" or it can mean "the way one group of people feel other people ought to use it."

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Some articles on usage:

Gay - Generalized Pejorative Use
... retaining its other meanings, it has also acquired "a widespread current usage" amongst young people, as a general term of disparagement ... This pejorative usage has its origins in the late 1970s ... in the 1980s and especially in the late 1990s, the usage as a generic insult became common among young people ...
Hyphen - Usage in English
... For Wikipedia's own standards for hyphen usage, see WikipediaManual of Style#Hyphens Hyphens are mostly used to break single words into parts, or to join ordinarily separate words into single words ... of hyphenation rules does not exist rather, different manuals of style prescribe different usage guidelines ...
Usage - History
... "The first person we know of who made usage refer to language was Daniel Defoe, at the end of the seventeenth century" ...
Nancy Mitford - Biography - U and Non-U
... or upper-class, and "non-U" classification of linguistic usage and behaviour (see U and non-U English) — although this is something she saw as a tease and ... have frequently portrayed her as the snobbish inventor and main preserver of this usage ... inventor of the phrase, as an example of upper-class linguistic usage ...
Gong - Other Uses
... In older Javanese usage and in modern Balinese usage, gong is used to identify an ensemble of instruments ... In contemporary central Javanese usage, the term gamelan is preferred and the term gong is reserved for the gong ageng, the largest instrument of the type, or for surrogate instruments such as ... In Balinese usage, gong refers to Gamelan Gong Kebyar ...

More definitions of "usage":

  • (noun): Accepted or habitual practice.
    Synonyms: custom, usance

Famous quotes containing the word usage:

    Girls who put out are tramps. Girls who don’t are ladies. This is, however, a rather archaic usage of the word. Should one of you boys happen upon a girl who doesn’t put out, do not jump to the conclusion that you have found a lady. What you have probably found is a lesbian.
    Fran Lebowitz (b. 1951)

    ...Often the accurate answer to a usage question begins, “It depends.” And what it depends on most often is where you are, who you are, who your listeners or readers are, and what your purpose in speaking or writing is.
    Kenneth G. Wilson (b. 1923)

    I am using it [the word ‘perceive’] here in such a way that to say of an object that it is perceived does not entail saying that it exists in any sense at all. And this is a perfectly correct and familiar usage of the word.
    —A.J. (Alfred Jules)