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Michelle Nijhuis’ award-winning reporting on science and the environment appears in National Geographic, Smithsonian, and many other publications. A longtime contributing editor of High Country News, she lives off the grid with her husband and daughter in rural western Colorado. She and Thomas Hayden are the co-editors of The Science Writers' Handbook.

One response to “Bookshelf: The Sense of Style by Steven Pinker”

  1. Robin Meadows

    My older daughter used to be a language “purist” but is a lot more relaxed about usage since learning Latin. Her profs said lots of rules for English came from people trying to adapt rules for/characteristics of Latin to English. To her, the silliest of these is the rule against splitting infinitives, which arose simply because in Latin an infinitive is a single word and so cannot be split.

    Also, she’s seen how Latin morphed into Italian, and now is open to seeing language changes as useful. Her favorite example of this is using the singular “they” when you want to be gender neutral.

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