June 02, 2013

Pullum Vs. The Persnicketeers

If you swear by Strunk and White, don't. Geoff Pullum, one of the authors of the Cambridge Grammar of the English Language, annihilates the bogus rules of English so beloved of grammar persnicketeers, from not ending sentences with prepositions, to not starting sentences with conjunctions, to boldy never splitting infinitives, to insisting on "he or she" as a singular pronoun instead of "they." Presented here as a lecture to UW, in case you were wondering what to do with a Sunday afternoon.


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