L.A. Kennedy

Beyond the story

By Jonathan Russell Clark When Lynne Truss wrote, in her best-selling 2003 grammar screed Eats, Shoots & Leaves,of “a world of plummeting punctuation standards,” she was (perhaps unwittingly) joining an ancient tradition. How long, exactly, have shortsighted curmudgeons been bemoaning the poor grammar of the generations that follow theirs? According to Steven Pinker’s The Sense …

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