The Grammarians Have No Clothes
Strunk and White may have been influential, but one scholar thinks they based their grammar rules on "intuition and prejudice."
The source: “Fifty Years of Stupid Grammar Advice” by Geoffrey K. Pullum, in The Chronicle Review, April 17, 2009.
After 50 years, the influence of William Strunk and E. B. White’s Elements of Style is not to be denied by us.
If that sentence makes you cringe, you are either a well-grounded grammarian or, more likely, part of the legion of college graduates who regard Strunk and White’s slim volume as the...