A witty, authoritative, and often provocative guide to the use and abuse of the English language, by the LondonTimes's leadgrammar columnist.Are standards of English alrightor should that be all right?To knowingly split an infinitive or not to?And what about ending a sentence with preposition, or for that matter beginning one with "and"?We learn language by instinct, but good English, the pedants tell us, requires rules. Yet, as Oliver Kamm cleverly demonstrates in this new book, many of the purists' prohibitions are bogus and can be cheerfully disregarded.Accidence Will Happenis an authoritative and deeply reassuring guide to grammar, style, and the linguistic conundrums we all face.
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About the Author
Oliver Kammis a chief columnist for the LondonTimes. As a self-confessed reformed pedant he is the newspaper's unofficial expert on language and style, a subject he tackles in his long-running immensely popular weekly column "The Pedant." He writes two weekly columns: "The Pedant," on language; and a "Notebook" on economics, international affairs, and culture. He is a regular columnist for TheJewish Chronicle, and his writings have also appeared in TheGuardian, TheNew York Times, TheNew Republic,Foreign Policy, theNew Statesman, and many other publications. He lives in England.
Table of Contents
Author's Note xvii
1 The State of the Language 3
2 The Errors of Pedantry 25
3 The Usage Debate 78
Usage Conundrums from A to Z 105