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April 09, 2012

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I love Strunk and White. So out of fashion now - but so wonderful.

I'm with you all the way, Laura! Have you noticed how suddenly some of the favorite old rules have opened for questioning...the okay-ing of split infinitives, the sudden acceptability of "different than". I love the feeling of deep structure, and I shake a little when the scaffoldings go down.

Plus, S&W prove that grammar doesn't have to be dry and boring. There's a reason it's survived for so long. (One day, I'll tell you about my grandmother's cousin's style manual! Talk about pompous!)

Amen. And yes yes do. Would love to hear about your grandmother's cousin's style manual.

My grandmother's cousin's style manual walked into a bar. The bartender
said, "What will you have?" My grandmother's cousin's style manual said, "I SHALL have a beer." The bartender glared at my grandmother's cousin's style manual. "Are youse mocking me," he asked, "you pompous old drunk?" His sneer fluttered my grandmother's cousin's style manual's pages. "No, no," my grandmother's cousin's style manual said, closing itself with a snap. "Not at all."

I'm sorry!

Hahaha aha!

Jim, you are always completely grammatical and irresistibly lovable. Algy would be proud.

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