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Stop! Grammar time!

Sarah Sweet’s “Barbarians at the Gates of Grammar” reminds me a little bit of Mark Twain’s apocryphal “When I was a boy of fourteen…” quote—though it’s less about discovering the wisdom of your elders than it is the realization that “the problem with pedantry is that the rules and definitions you passionately defend and get churlish about insist on changing.”

I’d elucidate, but then you wouldn’t read the article. Trust me, it’s worth it.



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