Pullum’s Grammar Gravy Train

Geoffrey Pullum points out a truly horrendous example of a bad grammar book over at Language Log. He indicates that more examples are coming. I hope so; he makes a valid point that grammar is one area where you can establish yourself as an expert without knowing the first thing about the subject. (The most famous case, of course, being Strunk and White and the passive voice.)

But I do disagree with him about the “fat royalty checks.” As the author of a reasonably well selling book on language, I can say with assurance that the checks aren’t so fat. It’s not a gig you do for the money. (Exception: Lynne Truss, whose execrable book was accompanied by an absolutely brilliant marketing campaign.)

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