A WORD IN THE HAND: NICE

Minute study says grammar geeks are meanies

A US ‘study’ of ... wait for it ... 83 people has concluded those who care about language are mean-spirited introverts

Is it possible to be a pedant and at the same time be a pleasant person? I would have said “a nice person”, but as anyone who pays attention to this column knows, “nice” originally meant “stupid” in English, so let’s not go there...

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