Our esteemed colleague Russell Working recently opined about the editors’ firm opinion here at PR Daily and Ragan.com that sentences should rarely start with an “and” or a “but.”
Working, a fine writer and devilish intra-office email purveyor, wished that our editorial staff would ease up. After all, isn’t the insistence that no sentence should start with a conjunction a relic of our elementary school days?
Working isn’t alone; many grammar authorities side with him.
Mignon Fogarty, known to writers and other language enthusiasts as Grammar Girl, says the rule is something of a misconception.