Until now. Apparently, I've grown bloodthirsty in my old age, because a fight's brewing and not only am I eager to watch it, I'm yelling, "Fight! Fight! Fight!" so all of you will gather 'round and enjoy it with me. Check out this juicy article from yesterday's Guardian:
Stand back for a war of words - and of commas, apostrophes and split infinitives. One of Britain's leading language experts has attacked Lynne Truss's bestseller Eats, Shoots and Leaves for its 'misconceived' and 'deeply unnerving' zero tolerance approach to punctuation.
David Crystal, a former colleague of Truss who once advised her that a book about punctuation would never sell, condemns the author for joining the ranks of 'linguistic fundamentalists'. He also criticises John Humphrys, the Radio 4 Today presenter, over his book championing the rules of grammar. Truss's publisher has hit back, however, insisting language rules are vital in situations such as job applications.
The cover of Crystal's new book openly mocks that of Eats, Shoots and Leaves with a picture of a panda under a road sign showing an exclamation mark and the title: The Fight for English: How Language Pundits Ate, Shot, and Left.
Did you see that? Did you see it? Crystal doesn't even wait until Page One to throw the first punch; he does it in the title. Yes, right there after "Shot" we see a serial comma.
This is one fight I've gotta see.
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