Monday, May 02, 2005

Grammar Quotes

Correct spelling, indeed, is one of the arts that are far more esteemed by schoolma'ams than by practical men, neck-deep in the heat and agony of the world.  ~Henry Louis Mencken, The American Language Women are the simple, and poets the superior, artisans of language... the intervention of grammarians is almost always bad.  ~Rémy de Gourmont When I split an infinitive, god damn it, I split it so it stays split.  ~Raymond Chandler Ignorant people think it is the noise which fighting cats make that is so aggravating, but it ain't so; it is the sickening grammar that they use.  ~Mark Twain Nostalgia is like a grammar lesson:  you find the present tense, but the past perfect!  ~Owens Lee Pomeroy This is the sort of bloody nonsense up with which I will not put.  ~Attributed to Winston Churchill, rejecting the rule against ending a sentence with a preposition, c.1948, may instead have been said by an anonymous official (*) Only in grammar can you be more than perfect.  ~William Safire Rela

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