Grating Grammar

Last month’s fiftieth anniversary of Strunk and White’s Elements of Style really brought out the haters. The most entertaining was Charles Pullum. I heard him on the radio somewhere, but somehow I missed his article “50 Years of Stupid Grammar Advice” in the Chronicle of Higher Education. He’s snarky and funny and correct in his judgments. And he’s wholly unrepentant: “The authors won’t be hurt by these critical remarks. They are long dead.”

I’m indebted to the Utne Reader’s Great Writing blog for the pointer.–David E