Rex Stout

Write about language, do you?

Some facts of life:

Item: If, identifying yourself as a copy editor, you publish articles about language (or anything else), there are people who will pounce gleefully on every lapse and typographical error.* Some will then use the lapse to ignore the point you were making.

Item: If, identifying yourself as a prescriptivist and an upholder of the highest standards of the language, you can expect a close examination of your prose. Viz., Geoffrey Pullum's extended necropsy of the texts of the Queen's English Society. It reveals just how flaccid the prose is, and how many of the common...