English majors at home

Robert Birnbaum interviews Barbara Wallraff, Atlantic usage guru, author of Your Own Words, and the woman to whom Mr. Maud once aired one of our most private, frequent and violent arguments.*

At least he didn’t mention all the dishes I’ve broken and holes I’ve punched in the wall over it.

* Link now dead, but the upshot is that Mr. Maud ill-advisedly advocates the use of “they” as a singular pronoun.