Wednesday, May 21, 2008

The that-which distinction is like, totally, artificial.

I have penned before on how Robert Lowth (may his name go down in infamy) created many of the grammar rules that plagued us all as children, and continue (if truth be told) to plague me. Now, it turns out, the that-which distinction was also created from whole cloth (presumably printed with a scattering of dictionary definitions) by Henry Watson Fowler in 1926. Take that, all you grammar nazis.

Feeling much better now.


Anonymous said...

i'd say i'm sorry to be a 'grammar nazi' as you so call hem, but i was taught by you :P

djinn said...

Oh,my dear snapdragon, you're not a grammar nazi; just, ah, precise.

Love, djinn