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HENRY WATSON Fowler's Dictionary of Modern English Usage is an unabashedly prescriptivist tome, which is to say that it doesn't waffle in describing the right way, and the wrong way, to use English words.
And then one wonders why Oxford hired yet another linguist, and not a prescriptivist, to write the new introduction to this most-famous of all prescriptivist tracts.
Does this "much wider stylistic range," potentially outside of the norms of prescriptivist grammatical and orthographic conventions, present a problem rather than an opportunity for language educators?