I Hope They Tape This

Tue 06 April 2010 | -- (permalink)

Lanugage Log blogger Geoffrey Pullum has started a campaign against Strunk and White's The Elements of Style:

I hoped originally to stoke up the crowd to a huge outburst of anger against The Elements of Style and end the evening with a cathartic mass burning of copies of the book, everyone setting fire to copies they had brought with them and holding them aloft like a candles, waving them so that embers of flaming nonsense like "Write with nouns and verbs" scatter through the air like precious twinkling sparks of wisdom and truth… But I am told that the fire marshals for the Metcalf Chemistry Building have ruled that out in no uncertain terms. They are not happy about the courtyard bonfire idea, either.