It’s a dicey business to reveal the secrets of the brotherhood to the laity; look at what happened to Edward Snowden. But I step forward today to tell you that the people you would imagine to be most knowledgeable about English grammar and usage, English teachers and editors, are often ill-informed and sometimes startlingly ignorant of basics.
Here’s another gem that Larry Kunz picked up, and posted on Twitter. I admit, I was not an English major, but I did take a technical editing course in grad school, and generally did very well in it because I already had a strong foundation in grammar. (Sorry, I was never a huge literature fan, so here it’s worked to my advantage.) I agree that part of the problem that I see with journalism–especially digital journalism anymore–is that no one seems to understand basic rules of grammar anymore. It’s amazing, and yet disturbing for me to read.
Read this, and let me know what you think in the comments below. Do we need to get back to the basics for good writing? I think so.
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