Not Your Gramma's Grammar

Arnold M. Zwicky zwicky at CSLI.STANFORD.EDU
Thu Feb 21 19:43:33 UTC 2008

On Feb 21, 2008, at 11:06 AM, Brenda Lester wrote:

> The NY TIMES has copy editors?

i realize this was a rhetorical question, but it certainly does.  i've
talked to several writers about their travails with Times copy editors
over taboo and slur vocabulary, and i've posted to Language Log a
number of times about the sometimes absurd results of the Times's

and of course the Times is unbending on a number of mechanical
matters, like its aversion to the serial comma, and on other


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