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If you had seen the announcement of the Idler Academy's Bad Grammar Awards in Britain, you could have predicted what would turn up: the less/fewer distinction, it's/its, homonym confusions, errant apostrophes. The same trivial items that crop up regularly on Internet lists of grammar errors.

And lo, you would have displayed the gift of prophecy. Here the Telegraph publishes a shortlist of the prime offenders

Even if you prefer to understand grammar in the broad, inclusive, popular sense, this simple-minded...