Bartholomae and Petroskey provide a summary of the last part of the essay in Ways of Reading.
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The complete essay is available in the book, Consider the Lobster: and Other Essays
“Authority and American Usage” was originally published in Harper”s Magazine, April 2001, under the title, “Tense Present: Democracy, English, and the Wars over Usage.”
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In footnote 6, DFW writes about teaching college English part-time”Every August I vow silently to chill about usage this year, and then by Labor Day there”s foam on my chin.”
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