English writer and journalist
WORDS ABOUT WORDS
I'm well aware there is little profit in asking for sympathy for sticklers. We are not the easiest people to feel sorry for. We refuse to patronise any shop with checkouts for "eight items or less" (because it should be "fewer") ... Sticklers never read a book without a pencil at hand, to correct the typographical errors. In short, we are unattractive know-all obsessives who get things out of proportion and are in continual peril of being disowned by our exasperated families.
Lynne Truss, English writer and journalist, Eats, Shoots & Leaves, 2003
Posted on May 14, 2004 at 8:25 AM