Prescriptive poppycock or zombie rules – good grammar that isn’t

Geoffrey Pullman writes in Lingua Franca shows how mindlessly sticking to the ‘rule’ on split infinitives can lead to ambiguity. The worst thing about zombie rules, I believe, is not the pomposity of those advocating them, or the time-wasting character of the associated gotcha games, but the way they actually make people’s writing worse. They promote insecurity, […]