Do you cringe when a commentator pronounces "niche" as "nitch?" Do you get bent out of shape when someone writes "they" for a lone person of undetermined sex? Do you think British spellings are more "civilised" than the American versions? If you answered yes to any of those questions, note word mavens Patricia O'Conner and Stewart Kellerman, you're myth-informed. Here they reveal—playfully and without judgment—why some of grammar's oft-quoted "rules" aren't rules at all, setting the record straight about bogus word origins, politically correct fictions, phony Français, fake acronyms, and more.
"A tour de force of our beautifully corrupted language ... and dull it ain't."—Garrison Keillor