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, and nervous people worrying about their language write worse than relaxed people enjoying their language.

[via @guardianstyle]


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