October 04, 2005

Worth a repetition

Let's just take this remark of Mark Liberman's (here) and repeat it in a bolder format for greater visibility, OK?

Someday, someone will explain to me why private theories about the logic of language so often turn into public crusades of moral awakening.

Exactly. That's what we want to know. How private worry about hyphens or apostrophes will so often turn a person into a punctuational avenging marauder, a ruthless grammatical Genghis Khan. Why does this happen? I wish I knew.

Posted by Geoffrey K. Pullum at October 4, 2005 06:22 PM