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Steven Pinker’s Sense of Usage

Last month, Steven Pinker’s The Sense of Style was published in Britain and the US. As a specialist on books of usage advice, and as someone who needs to write for a living, I find The Sense of Style interesting because it … Continue reading

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The world’s worst written sentence

Consider the following sentence: “Yet the nightmare cast its shroud in the guise of a contagion of  a deer-in-the-headlights paralysis.”   According to columnist at The Economist, the above sentence would qualify to be nominated as “the world’s worst written … Continue reading

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Who was Sir Ernest Gowers?

While browsing in one of the many second hand bookshops in Scotland, I came across a familiar name: Sir Ernest Gowers. Gowers, known for his revision of H.W. Fowler’s Modern English Usage, also published other reference works such as the … Continue reading

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Would your mum understand?

In the past few months, Education Secretary Michael Gove, a former journalist, has hit the front page with his plans to introduce new grammar and spelling tests in UK schools. Now he is back in the headlines: “Would your mum … Continue reading

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