24 August 2013
I don't go around correcting people's grammatical and syntactical errors. (This is not because I believe, as they seem to do, that they have some innate right to speak our language badly; rather, it’s because I would have no time to do anything else.) Sometimes, however, I think that I ought to do so. A well-known maxim goes: "If something is worth doing, it is worth doing well". Doesn't that apply as truly to speaking and writing English as to anything else?