An Academy of English?

Respect my authority! But whose authority? Help us find out on BTU!

Bridging the Unbridgeable

Even if Great Britain never had an Academy of English similar to the France’s Académie Française or the Spain’s Real Academia Española, authority is still assigned to different bodies. But to whom?

The desire for having a standard to hold onto and the search for a language guardian who is able to fulfill this desire have lingered on the minds of many. From Shakespeare and Dryden to dictionaries such as the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) – role models have always been found. Fowler’s A Dictionary to Modern English Usage is often considered the authority on English. You can even find comments such as J. Ezard’s saying that Fowler is “the closest Britain has to an Academy of English”. Others might consider her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II a language authority. So here is my question:

Who or what do you consider an English language authority? 

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It is not you, it is your grammar.

Grammar matters. Spelling matters. Punctuation matters. Do you care?

Bridging the Unbridgeable

This is crucial information which can save and change your life and the lives of others. You may be not aware of the impact your use of grammar, spelling and punctuation can have on your future. Texting ur beautiful to your crush can kill butterflies and put feet back on the ground. Misplacing a comma can save lives, especially the ones of your beloved grandparents. And do you never dare splitting infinitives, because they can mean life or death.

Okay, this is maybe slightly exaggerated. But the truth is that there are many who care about flawless grammar, correct spelling and impeccable punctuation. If you do not want to miss out on finding your soul mate; if you want to save your grandparents’ lives and the entire universe, you should pay close attention to how you use your language.

This BBC article, a true gem, illustrates perfectly what…

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