The Get It Write Philosophy
Much of this site is devoted to addressing issues of grammar, mechanics, and usage. As with any such resource, certain values and beliefs about language underpin the content of these pages, and I believe visitors deserve to know those values:
Many so-called (and highly revered) “rules” are, in fact, shibboleths: they are used by those who consider themselves “in the know” to make an arrogant and unfounded claim of superiority over those who are not privy to the same depth of knowledge about those rules. Other so-called “rules” are not, in fact, rules at all but matters of style that vary from one discipline or context to another. (See our post on style manuals.) Still others are made up; they are merely myths that have been passed along as truth for so long that they have become entrenched. (“Never start a sentence with and, but, or because,” for example, or never split an infinitive. Poppycock and balderdash!)
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I welcome respectful and informed debate and challenges to statements made on this site, and I am always open to amending or even deleting a post—especially if I am convinced that it is (however unintentionally) advancing a shibboleth or overlooking an important part of the bigger picture.
We are all learning, and it is my hope that this site can be a place that inspires lively and helpful discussion.