Thursday, June 30, 2016

Hmm …

Farmers and Cowmen in the Language Wars – Lingua Franca - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)
I've done of good bit of copy editing myself. My only journalism prize was a first prize for headline writing. I am pretty latitudinarian, but I am not antinomian. Disinterested and uninterested do not mean the same thing. But starting a sentence with a conjunction — as I just have — or ending one with a preposition seem OK to me. What works, works. What is wrong is wrong.

1 comment:

  1. "And the war came." in Lincoln's second inaugural address has always seemed to me more than sufficient warrant for starting a sentence with conjunction. Wasn't Fowler comfortable with sentences ending in propositions?