Sunday, April 26, 2009

50 Years of Stupid Grammar.

Geoffery Pullum takes on Strunk and White's The Elements of Style:

It's sad. Several generations of college students learned their grammar from the uninformed bossiness of Strunk and White, and the result is a nation of educated people who know they feel vaguely anxious and insecure whenever they write "however" or "than me" or "was" or "which," but can't tell you why. The land of the free in the grip of The Elements of Style.

I have to say I completely agree. I've always thought The Elements of Style was noticeably terrible. I've always preferred The King's English by Fowler (free online copy here) or his later Modern English Usage.

The rest of Pullum's article is here.

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