Education: Pretentious Illiteracy

Until he became First Baron Conesford of Chelsea, Henry George Strauss, 64, was a longtime (20 years) Tory M.P. whose dry, legalistic speeches often had the unhappy effect of emptying the House of Commons of all but its most conscientious members. But last week his lordship was the center of a controversy that gave him the biggest audience of his career. In effect he had raised a delicate question: Who is responsible for corrupting the English language?

In a speech before the Authors' Club of London, his lordship charged that America must take the blame for much that is bad in...

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