Grammar And Wars

“The greater part of the world’s troubles are due to questions of grammar.” — Montaigne

A fascinating discussion on the subject of grammar took place recently on Linkedin with the participation of some of the best minds in the writing business. Did Montaigne, the famous French essayist, really mean that grammar could cause wars, poverty, disease, and a multitude of other calamities?

Thumbnail for version as of 17:46, 16 April 2005Whenever a teacher mentions the word grammar in class, groans of frustration can be heard from most students. I have been a witness to English teachers who initiate their classes with a 10-minute span dedicated to reviewing grammar rules with clear examples of mistakes to avoid. This was in high school, but I am sure lower levels must also present the fundamentals of syntax, spelling, punctuation, and other writing niceties.

A man’s grammar, like Caesar’s wife, should not only be pure, but above suspicion of impurity.”
― Edgar…

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