Thursday, April 16, 2009

Pullum on TotN

Geoffrey Pullum speaks with Neal Conan on Talk of the Nation about Strunk & White.

And while I'm probably still too smug in my dismissal of the book, it should be noted that Pullum does not throw it out as completely useless. His essay explains (and in the interview he repeats) that he reserves his disdain for the grammatical claims and analyses in the style-guide. The advice on style, he says, is often fine. Harmless even.

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