Disinterested in the difference

A few weeks ago I blogged about spelling & grammar. As is traditional in such situations I was wrong about pretty much everything, but at least the distinction between ‘uninterested’ and ‘disinterested’ was a valid point.

Except, not so much:

…this is yet another a case, like imply and infer, where the segregation of meanings between the two words is emergent and incomplete, rather than traditional and under siege. This is an interesting and curious feature of the ecology of peevology. In most areas, what is fashionable is seen as new, and out-groups are censured for being behind the times. But there are some things, English usage among them, where disdain must by convention be directed at innovators. This convention is so strong that it overrides mere fact. When a word’s meaning is becoming more specialized, with an older sense being abandoned, those who hold to the old ways must be castigated for failing to maintain a traditional distinction.

Gotta stop typing things. That or actually do some research.