John Roberts, grammarian

September 1, 2005 | By Jim Stovall | Filed in: journalism.

He may be a conservative ideologue or a moderate (or even a liberal!) in right-wing clothing, but U.S. Supreme Court nominee John Roberts has been outed as grammarian. An article in the New York Times this week (In Re Grammar, Roberts’s Stance is Crystal Clear) says that after a review of thousands of pages of Roberts’ briefs and memos, one thing is certain: he is a precise user of the language and demands the same precision of others.

The article describes his obsession as wryly humorous and occasionally sarcastic. Grammarians everywhere (conservative, moderate and liberal) can take comfort. More

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