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  • nancy drew
    nancy drew

    She was such a horrid girl whenever she would twirl her curl

    but when she felt like being good she'd wear her jacket with a hood

  • Magnum
    Oubliette, I have several of Pinker's books, such as The Language Instinct and Words and Rules, but had never heard of the one you mentioned. Thanks. I will get it immediately. I'm interested to see what he says about the grammar myths.

    He sheds a lot of very clear light on how language works as well as how it doesn't through common mistakes in construction of sentences, paragraphs and longer forms.
    Sounds interesting.

    As it turns out, a lot of well-entrenched grammar rules are just wrong. If it makes sense it's good. A lot of what is left is simply a matter of style, particularly formal versus informal.
    I've given a lot of thought to that, and I, myself, disagree with some rules.
    Thanks again. I can't believe I didn't know about the new book.
  • Oubliette

    Nancy: where is Edgar Allan Poe?

    When Poe was alive he composed many short stories and poems. Since he died he's been very busy .... decomposing!

  • Oubliette
    Magnum: I can't believe I didn't know about the new book.
    It was only released last fall!

  • Oubliette

    Magnum, here's a NY Times review:

    Steven Pinker's The Sense of Style

  • Prefect

    Mary had a little lamb

    The butcher killed it dead

    Now it follows her to school

    Between to bit of bread.

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