Grammar Rules Are Arbitrary. Here Are the New Ones.

Grammar Rules Are Arbitrary. Here Are the New Ones.

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Recently, a horde of raving copy editors swarmed Providence, RI for the conference of the American Copy Editors’ Society (Twitter handle #ACES2019). ‘Ace’ (as in very good) might seem a little zesty for a bunch of grammar enthusiasts, a group of people generally not known for their love of fun. (Of course, anyone who thinks grammar is not fun has clearly never gotten drunk and argued with me about em-dashes.) Before we get into the new rules, let’s talk about what they mean—or don’t. Grammar is often intrinsically linked to a variety of social issues—in particular, gender, race, and class. …