Writing guru, novelist, and verbal dogsbody Howard
Denson’s latest book is “The Wrong Stuff: Findings of a Forensic Grammarian,” and it purports to be “a cross between Dave Barry and Strunk & White [authors of “The Elements of Style”].” Americans have lived through a perpetual fight between Prescriptive and Descriptive Grammarians, without gaining much illumination from the experience. One army’s battle-cry is “no!” and its banner is dismal black. The Descriptives wave a white battle flag and they cry “we surrender” to any language usage. The Prescriptives fight words such as “irregardless” and “alright,” while the Descriptives embrace them.
Follow the link below to find where often sane and sensible writers (and editors) have stumbled in their writing:
http://howarddenson. webs. com/theforensicgrammarian. htm
A paperback collection, “The Wrong Stuff: Findings of a Forensic Grammarian,” is available online at Amazon.com and Barnes & Nobel’s website. Go to http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00D3PF180