April 22, 2009

idiosyncratic bumbling

I didn't know NYT authors are such wimps:
How does a professional writer discuss “The Elements of Style” without nervously looking over his shoulder and seeing Will Strunk and E. B. White (or thousands of readers of their book) second-guessing him? (Is “second-guessing” hyphenated or not? Is posing a question the same as using the passive voice?)
It's very easy, actually. You read George Pullum's criticism of the book (" a bunch of trivial don’t-do-this prescriptions by a pair of idiosyncratic bumblers who can’t even tell when they’ve broken their own misbegotten rules) and live happily ever after.

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