Tuesday, February 12, 2008

The Queen of the Grammar Rodeo Agrees

A different Language Log poster notes another pointless attack on Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Williams said: "...I must, of course, take responsibility for any unclarity in either that text or in the radio interview..." to which UK Times columnist Alan Hamilton commented:

So, Christians: to pride, lust and the rest, add the eighth deadly sin of “unclarity” — a word that is obscure enough not to appear in the Oxford English Dictionary.

Benjamin Zimmer, editor of American Dictionaries for Oxford University Press, points out how asinine that criticism is.

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