The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #157386   Message #3746235
Posted By: Lighter
23-Oct-15 - 05:57 PM
Thread Name: Still wondering what's folk these days?
Subject: RE: Still wondering what's folk these days?
What interests me here is less how the term is used by the well-informed, but how it's used by the media and the general public.

No amount of specialist wishing or insisting will make the latter "misuses" go away. They may even be burgeoning. And as the playlist of Guest's "Best of" CD proves, the "misuse" is what you're far more likely to meet with beyond the library walls.

As I've suggested previously, that's the way the cookie crumbles. But it doesn't mean that the narrow, technical definition is useless or obsolete; only that relatively few people, educated or otherwise, will know what we're talking about.

That's certainly been my experience for many, many years.