The Elements of Style: "50 Years of Stupid Grammar Advice"

The advice in the beloved The Elements of Style "ranges from limp platitudes to inconsistent nonsense," wrote Geoffrey K. Pullum (head of linguistics and English language at the University of Edinburgh) in his 2009 essay in The Chronicle of Higher Education. Why does he despise a book that thousands of high school and college professors foist on their students and has a 4.6 star rating on Amazon with 2,622 reviews?

Here are a few reasons: