Nathanael Blake argued here this week that the Oxford comma is a crutch for bad writing, and I must protest. All things considered, this punctuation mark may be more divisive than partisan politics.
The Oxford comma is often superfluous and a crutch for bad writing, yet it has many partisans who want to force it on everyone.
The BBC flatly rejected a previous attempt to erect a statue in 2011, on the grounds that Orwell was too left-wing. Irony is now officially dead.
Yale’s English department decided it will no longer require English majors to study literary luminaries such as William Shakespeare and John Donne.
Even at a small New England college of modest reputation, one voice of dissent is one too many, and the entire apparatus of the college administration moves to silence him.
The world has more than 900 women’s studies programs, and thousands of classes about women in literature. English professor Dennis Gouws tries to teach one ‘men in literature’ class, and it’s one too many.
Canada and Australia have developed very effective point-based scoring systems to evaluate skilled immigration applicants.
Grammar purists are wrong to treat language as a closed system of rules and words. Language is a living thing.
American families shouldn’t be made to feel like they’re ignorant if they wonder about the quality of a neighborhood school that has gone global.
William Shakespeare’s words have never before been changed wholesale to accommodate the intellectual laziness of a generation of artists and audiences.
The frustration driving efforts for ‘language unity’ is not so much about English as it is about our leaders’ refusal to secure the borders and provide a more sane immigration policy.
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