Stephen Pinker, Deplorer of the Dangling Modifier


After having written 800 pages on torture, rape, world war, and genocide, it was time to take on some really controversial topics like fused participles, dangling modifiers, and the serial comma.

Over at the Guardian, Steven Pinker defends his choice to fight the good fight against solecisms. (Lest you presume he prioritizes syntax over diction, check out the full piece, which includes words such as umbrage, hoary, snoot, and iptivist.)

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