I do welcome comments on my Guide to Grammar and Style,
but please please please read this before sending
questions my way.
The popularity of the guide is gratifying — it gets
thousands of hits every day — but that very popularity
makes it impossible for me to answer questions and settle office
arguments. I have a full-time job, and this ain't it. So I
regret that I can't give personal responses to most queries.
I'll occasionally break my rule when a question intrigues me, but
usually can manage nothing more than a canned response.
Besides, whatever I may think in my more self-satisfied moods,
I'm just not qualified to arbitrate the language for the rest of
Here's where to go for things not covered here:
First, check the standard reference books! I'm amazed
at how many people ask questions that could be settled by a
thirty-second peek in a pocket dictionary. I recommend a few good
in my guide. There are also guides to typing practices in many