Saturday, July 06, 2019


The Eighth Deadly Sin

Robert Burchfield (1923-2004), "The Fowlers: Their Achievements in Lexicography and Grammar," Unlocking the English Language (New York: Hill and Wang, 1991), pp. 125-146 (at 140-141, on A Dictionary of Modern English Usage):
The book is gravid with evidence of the existence of what might be called an eighth deadly sin — that of linguistic misuse — and the Great Schoolmaster set himself to identify and analyse its main aspects.

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