We all have a pedant inside of us. While we ourselves may not find the most suitable words to use on every occasion, we take pleasure in pointing out the nitty-gritty of mistakes made by someone else.
At least, that’s very true of me. And as I’m writing this, I can almost hear the collective groan from my family as I pointed out the 23 mistakes in a written recipe that was shared in our WhatsApp group.
What I am trying to say is that when someone questions a word or phrase that’s been in common use, I tend to jump right in and join the questioning brigade.
But, not so in this case.
A recent topic that has come up on social media - LinkedIn, primarily - is that we shouldn’t refer to our audience (the recipients of our content) as learners. Here are the arguments for changing it: