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Letter: The Grammar Was Proper, But ...

To the Editor:

I don’t necessarily mind Willem Lange’s lament that proper grammar and usage are in decline, however tedious this refrain may be. But could he at least spare us the self-indulgent, elitist drivel about the demanding English teacher at his boarding school back in the day?

Philip Glouchevitch

Hanover

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To the Editor: As a recovering grouch myself, I was much comforted to read Philip Glouchevitch’s lovely little post-Marxist rant over Willem Lange’s “self-indulgent, elitist drivel” describing the latter’s demanding boarding-school English teacher (“The Grammar Was Proper, But ...,” April 11). However, I’m tempted to think that the pot is calling the kettle black when Glouchevitch comes out with “... …