The Grammar Diva Applies Age-old Rules to Modern Usage

Feb 25, 2016

Grammar Diva Arlene Miller

  The basic rules of grammar were established hundreds of years ago. Yet arguments over certain details persist, and common mistakes abound, even proliferating into the digital age. But there are defenders of the age-old standards, even here in Sonoma County, and we meet one of them on today’s North Bay Report.

Formal language standards often have a rough time in some areas of the virtual world of websites and social media. But even there, Miller observes, sloppy writing and imprecise usage can have negative consequences.

  As a defender of standard grammatical practice, Miller is resistant to casual changes—and, she says, there are not that many that come along. But there is one recent usage, she reluctantly acknowledges, that  is now gaining widespread acceptance.

Arlene Miller will read from her most recent book, Fifty Shades of Grammar, at Copperfield’s Books in Petaluma on Friday night, Feb. 26, at 7 pm.