Should writers approach language as an untouchable set of rules, regarding idioms and phrases as sacrosanct? For me, the fabulous set of tools we are granted as English speakers is a gift. Our literature and conversation would be poorer without the creativity and inventiveness of those who stretch its elasticity.
As a author, I’m fascinated by language. Judicious choice of words lead to the right effect; to wound, amuse, provoke nightmares, yield an insight or offer comfort. The right words are magical.