Are standards of English alright - or should that be all right?
To knowingly split an infinitive or not to?
And what about ending a sentence with preposition, or for that matter beginning one with 'and'?
We learn language by instinct, but good English, the pedants tell us, requires rules. Yet, as Oliver Kamm demonstrates, many of the purists' prohibitions are bogus and can be cheerfully disregarded. ACCIDENCE WILL HAPPEN is an authoritative and deeply reassuring guide to grammar, style and the linguistic conundrums we all face.
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Entertaining and refreshing... [Kamm's] book is a welcome corrective to the notion that there is an objective standard we should strive for, and a celebration of a language in flux (Ian Critchley THE SUNDAY TIMES)
English language sticklers should relax and give our language the freedom it needs to flourish. It sounds a liberating project and he really does manage to make pedants look ridiculous (Tom Payne THE DAILY TELEGRAPH)
Kamm's tolerance is certainly more preferable to the bigotry of sticklers who treat grammatical lapses as crimes or sins (Peter Conrad THE OBSERVER)
[Kamm's] case against the pedants is compelling: peddling made-up rules, they either stray into contradiction or are forced to denounce Milton as sloppy ( THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH)
Accidence will Happen is a joyous and joyously liberating assault on the 'rules' of grammar which are little more than a hodgepodge of contradictory superstitions. Kamm's weapons are erudition and raw polemical vigour... No serious scholar believes that a language is anything you write and speak. In language you cannot be right against the world. If an 'incorrect' form is more widely understood than its alternative, it cannot be 'wrong'... It is the most sensible style guide I have read, not least because Kamm always puts clarity first... its monument will be the liberated prose of the writers Kamm has freed. (Nick Cohen THE SPECTATOR)
Oliver Kamm takes on the pedants in this witty, authoritative and sometimes provocative guide to the use and abuse of the English language.
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