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George Bernard Shaw

Schoolroom shibboleths

This is what I'm up against.  A blogger writing at A Few Reasonable Words discovers that the Chicago Manual of Style does not endorse everything his ninth-grade English teacher told him and proceeds to this discovery: I ... did found the Baltimore Sun, no less, giving up the ghost on “who” and “whom,” being (too) tolerant of lapses in observing the distinction between “which” and “that,” and (sort of) smiling on the use of they/their as singular. Oh the horror!  This from John E. McIntyre, a past president of the American Copy Editors Society! You see, it is not necessary to respond to argument or examine evidence when...