Grammar is one of the most polarizing topics within writing communities, second only, perhaps, to the Oxford/serial comma issue that Pete Andersen and I famously debated here.

There's a reason sticklers for grammatical perfection are often not-so-affectionately called Grammar Nazis. So many folks have grown so inured to the term that the dramatic connotation doesn't even register. But it's not a throw-away line. Not only do many strict grammarians judge our transgressions harshly, but their implicit bias is so strong that it perpetuates discrimination and oppression.

I'm not saying we shouldn't care about grammar. I'm just saying we need to care differently about it. And when it does matter, we can be more efficient with corrections if we wait till the very end to correct it.

Read my rationale for these arguments here:

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