Praise from an unexpected quarter. Thanks, Kamahl.
First, I must tip my hat to my Al Jazeera Engish colleague Bernard Smith for emailing this link out to our whole newsroom. I hope everyone reads it.
Until today I’d never heard of Jeremy Butterfield. He is (seeing as you asked) the editor of Fowler’s Dictionary of Modern English Usage, and has written a brilliant Comment is Free article in today’s Guardian newspaper:
Jeremy is, I believe, a little bit like me. Slightly pedantic, occasionally furious, but always passionate about defending the English language. The examples he gives in his article are things I see creeping into journalism all the time – even TV journalism, which is supposed to be all about simplicity and speaking normally.
Jeremy – whether it’s the linguist’s hat or tinfoil hat you occasionally forget to don*, I’m glad you do. English will of course evolve, as it must. But isn’t it equally, if not more important…
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