I have to admit that some of them are between a rock and a hard place: if you want the stupid TA to give you an A on your paper, and said stupid TA insists on no passives and no which-relatives, what can you do? If you want to publish your paper in a high-impact psychology journal, and the stone-age editor insists on no split infinitives and no which-relatives and no uses of since in other than temporal senses, what can you do?
I'm aware that some people live under savage and unyielding oppression of this sort. But I thought it was worth speaking out anyway. The way one does about Syria or North Korea. The tyrants are not listening to me, but I just want to have said it: I do not approve of tyranny.From Language Log.