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Book Review: Weeds in the Garden of Words: Further Observations on the Tangled History of the English Language


Oh, Lynne Truss would have a heart attack about this book, and she’s one of my favourite grammarians. Weeds in the Garden of Words is, to say the least, controversial. Kate Burridge, whilst being aware of the grammatical horror stories currently running rife in the English language, seems to be applauding them rather than recoiling in horror. There were certain paragraphs I agreed with; there is, after all, a point at which the pedant becomes the fool; but I’m not sure I agree with her laissez-faire belief that the English language is changing and that we should embrace all the changes and run with them. Staunch defenders of English, read this book and unite!

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