April 28, 2011, 6 a.m.
But I'm not an astronomer just because I have studied things that would somehow fall into the category of astronomy. That is how I view the word linguistics with regard to language learners.
The field of linguistics is far wider than one would typically get from learning a language, basically.
But that is just one (mostly) uneducated native speaker's impression of the word from all the contexts I've ever heard it in. Basically there is where the confusion for a lot of people is from. I do not object to his use of the word.
In fact, if I come across the word "linguist" used in this way I can often tell it's Steve's writing before I even find out. It sort of marks his brand.