The Glamour of Grammar
“The word grammar has taken a bit of a nosedive since the days when some tipsy scholar north of Hadrian’s Wall mixed up his r’s with his l’s.
“Today grammar connotes everything unglamourous: absentminded professors; fussy schoolteachers; British grammazons with binding names like Lynne Truss; nagging perfectionists; pedantic correctionists; high school [or university] students asleep at their desks, stalactites of drool hanging from their lips. Long lost from grammar are associations with power, magic, enchantment and mystical energy.”
—Roy Peter Clark, writer and word-lover, in his The Glamour of Grammar: A Guide to the Magic and Mystery of Practical English (2010)
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