Academic journal article et Cetera

Yes, I Could Care Less: How to Be a Language Snob without Being a Jerk

Academic journal article et Cetera

Yes, I Could Care Less: How to Be a Language Snob without Being a Jerk

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Bill Walsh. Yes, I Could Care Less: How to Be a Language Snob without Being a Jerk. New York, NY: St. Martin's, 2013.

Samuel Adams Boston Lager often shows up on bars' lists of imported beer. Armed gunmen is redundant. Contemporary speakers are using the expression I could care less unthinkingly-the more accurate descriptor is I couldn't care less. So points out Bill Walsh, the author of this book and two other books on language (Lapsing into a Comma: A Curmudgeon's Guide to the Many Things That Can Go Wrong in Print-and How to Avoid Them and The Elephants of Style: A Trunkload of Tips on the Big Issues and Gray Areas of Contemporary American English.)

Walsh, a copy editor at the Washington Post, notes when it comes to language and grammar interpretation there are prescriptivists and descriptivists. The former-copy editors, English teachers, usage mavens, armchairs grammarians, and others-delight in do's and don'ts and in their own opinions. …

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