I am happy to ‘defend my position’ in any honest discussion.
I am not, however prepared to waste my time on somebody who:
constantly misrepresents what is written by others;
considers that all ‘educated’ and ‘careful’ speakers agree with him, presumably dismissing those of us who disagree as ‘uneducated ‘ and/or’ careless’ speakers;
arbitrarily dismisses ideas of two respected linguists as ‘frankly ludicrous’;
arbitrarily dismisses the views of an Oxford Dictionary as ‘utterly absurd’.
feels, without producing any evidence for the feeling, that if The Wykeham Professor of Logic at the University of Oxford (an educated man, one would assume) writes something that philo disapproves of, then that Professor: “may possibly write it in, let us be charitable and say, an unguarded moment”.