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A plea for sanity on National Grammar Day



almaz
United Kingdom

A plea for sanity on National Grammar Day
 
One in the eye for the Grammar Police. Well worth a read:

4 Mar 2013      



douglas
United States

Clap

4 Mar 2013     



Zora
Canada


Another bravo! Wholeheartedly agree with the article.

4 Mar 2013     



mvblair
United States

Thanks for the link, Almaz. I liked the article.

I īve never really understood the obsession that many people have with grammar. I understand that a basic amount of grammar is necessary to learn the language and communicate, but I don īt understand why 21st century schools have this odd compulsion to make teaching object pronouns or conditional pluperfect cornerstones in our language arts programs.

If somebody makes a grammatical mistake, "big deal." Wink

4 Mar 2013     



cunliffe
United Kingdom

It should be īgrocers ī apostrophe. ī

Seriously, the tone of this article is so snide, sneery, scornful and superior, it made me want to gag. And I didnīt actually know there was a National Grammar Day, but Iīm pleased itīs March 4th, īcos thatīs my birthday! 

A plea for sanity?!!!! What? Nothing like a nice bit of hyperbole, eh, almaz? 

4 Mar 2013     



almaz
United Kingdom

Any grammar must, by definition, be a set of rules, but what so many people are hung up on are those īzombie rules ī which are completely arbitrary and often based on personal preference (like split infinitives and ending a sentence with a preposition).

@Lynne    Please enlighten us: what exactly is so "snide, sneery,scornful and superior" about the article? You could start with "snide".

4 Mar 2013     



cunliffe
United Kingdom

I don īt know any of these people who who are hung up on īzombie rules ī, I īm afraid. I can īt imagine anyone these days being seriously bothered by split infinitives or ending a sentence with a preposition, this is decades old stuff to be bothered about.

As for my string of adjectives, I īm just expressing my opinion and anyone can form their own, without further enlightenment from me. 

I think there īs a bit of reverse grammar snobbery going on here.

4 Mar 2013     



almaz
United Kingdom

And Kory Stamper is entitled to his opinion too. I really canīt see what īs so "snide", "sneery" or, especially, "superior" (quite the opposite, Iīd imagine) about his opinions, Lynne.

Oh, and Many Happy Returns!

4 Mar 2013     



cunliffe
United Kingdom

Fair enough and thank you!
Lynne

5 Mar 2013