“It Can Thereby Be Shown”

By October 12, 2012April 11th, 2014The Chronicle of Higher Education

I’m thinking about stiltedness and pretension. I’m thinking about the use of words like “shall.” Who says “shall” anymore? What red-blooded, baseball-watching, Levi’s-wearing, Bud-swilling Americans say “shall”? Really, what tweedy, pipe-smoking academics speak it aloud? Yet they certainly use it in their writing.

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