Pullum in Providence

Amy West medievalist at W-STS.COM
Fri Apr 9 13:30:17 UTC 2010

I nearly missed this on Language Log posted on April 5.

I've simply had it with all the people who keep 
telling me that they revere The Elements of Style 
because it's such a nice little book and helped 
them so much with their writing when they were in 
college that they carry it everywhere they go and 
give it to all their students or hand a copy to 
each new employee that they hire for their 
company yadda yadda yaddaŠ I have decided that my 
campaign against Strunk and White's toxic little 
compendium of unfollowable dumb advice, bungled 
grammar claims, and outright mendacity must be 
taken directly to America's colleges, starting 
with the great universities of the East Coast. 
For the opening event I have chosen Brown 
University in Providence, Rhode Island. I will 
speak on the Brown campus at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday 
night next week, April 13, in the Metcalf 
Chemistry Building Auditorium at 190-194 Thayer 
Street. Admission is free, and Language Log 
readers get a 30% discount off that. Be there.

I'm using this as an excuse to go and put a face 
to a name (wish I had a copy of the Great Eskimo 
Hoax to get autographed) and also pop in on 
friends in Providence.

---Amy West

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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