Mitchell, Richard

(1929 – 2002) A professor of English and classics at Glassboro State College who gained fame in the late 1970s as the founder and publisher of The Underground Grammarian, a popular prescriptivist newsletter that offered witty and often derisive essays on the misuse of the English language, especially in academia. It ran until 1992.

1. He published four books based on the material in his newsletter: Less Than Words Can Say (1979), The Graves of Academe (1981), The Leaning Tower of Babel (1984), and The Gift of Fire (1987). All of his writings can be read for free here.

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