The very model of an amateur grammarian

Had to re-blog – this is just brilliant!

Stroppy Editor

(With apologies to Gilbert and Sullivan)

I am the very model of an amateur grammarian
I have a little knowledge and I am authoritarian
But I make no apology for being doctrinarian
We must not plummet to the verbal depths of the barbarian

I’d sooner break my heart in two than sunder an infinitive
And I’d disown my closest family within a minute if
They dared to place a preposition at a sentence terminus
Or sully the Queen’s English with neologisms verminous

I know that ‘soon’ and not ‘right now’ is the true sense of ‘presently’
I’m happy to correct you and I do it oh so pleasantly
I’m not a grammar Nazi; I’m just a linguistic Aryan
I am the very model of an amateur grammarian

I’m sure people appreciate my pointing out their grammar gaffes
And sorting out their sentences and crossing out their paragraphs
When you…

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3 thoughts on “The very model of an amateur grammarian

  1. What a terrific effort! Of course you and I both know that when a particle occurs postpositively it is functionally an adverb, and that it is therefore impossible to end a sentence with a ‘preposition’. “That is a situation up with which I will not put” (Winston Churchill, sending up that particular piece of prescription). xxx

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