After Grammar Girl’s Top 10 Grammar Myths in 2010 and the Guardian’s 10 grammar rules you can forget three years later, linguist and author Arika Okrent joins the usage problem shortlisting club with her 4 Fake Grammar Rules You Don’t … Continue reading
It’s an occupational hazard, I suppose, but I find it hard to read a novel without noticing particular usage features. So while reading Fay Weldon‘s The Heart of the Country (1987) last week, I stumbled over this sentence, as it has an … Continue reading
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The Bishop’s Grammar (OUP, 2011) was reviewed in last week’s Times Literary Supplement. One of the aims of my book was to show that Robert Lowth is usually depicted as an icon of prescriptivism, and also that his Short Introduction to English … Continue reading