Harsh words were flying once again in the world of academia when Joanne Fitzpatrick, English student and fan of seeing both sides of the story, dismissed Avram Noam Chomsky’s theories on generative grammar as ‘absolute, complete rubbish’.
‘He talks absolute balls,’ Fitzpatrick thundered down the phone to me when I contacted her to defend her accusations. ‘He uses evolution as an argument and it’s just no, no, no, no, no.’
Joanne and Mr Chomsky discussing their views
This latest frackas comes hot on the heels of the latest spat between acclaimed historian David Starkey and every female historian currently writing, particularly ones unfortunate enough to have names beginning and ending with the letter ‘A’. He complained that female historians are ‘usually quite pretty’ and keen to show off their good looks on their book covers. One well-known author hit back by calling him a ‘cross owl’.
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