A Grammar Rule That Isn’t

John McWhorter defends ending sentences with prepositions:

Should “she refused to come in” be recast as “in she refused to come”? Of course not. [Eighteenth-century author Robert] Lowth [who popularized the preposition rule] was referring only to language in its Sunday best when he wagged his finger about the sentence-ending preposition, and at one point in his book, he even wrote, “This is an idiom, which our language is strongly inclined to.” Whether Lowth was aware of the irony is something he took to his grave.