Are standards of English alright – or should that be all right? To knowingly split an infinitive or not to? And what about ending a sentence with preposition, or for that matter beginning one with ‘and’? We learn language by instinct, but good English, we are told, requires rules. From splitting infinitives to dangling prepositions, this erudite, entertaining, and deeply reassuring guide demonstrates that many of the so-called rules of good style are little more than folklore mixed with prejudice and can be cheerfully disregarded.