The rule-breaker’s guide to grammar

This piece was written for the Reed Words blog.

Steven Pinker was in town this week. He’s one of the world’s foremost psycholinguists: an expert in how humans use language, and in particular, how mewling babies become eloquent adults.

While he was here, in between (we can only assume) his many hair appointments, he gave a talk at the School of Life: a primer on how to write well. It was called Steven Pinker on writing well. (There’s a lesson right there.) We went along to hear his words of wisdom.

Read more on the Reed Words blog.