Elements of Style
Last September, I wrote a post in which I cited Strunk and White’s Elements of Style on omitting needless words. I was surprised to read in the comments a bit of pretty vigorous opposition to Strunk and White, though I was also secretly pleased that somebody cared enough to express disdain for the book. Still, like it or not, the book is a staple in our grammar canon. If you’re the type to dive into a book like Elements of Style or to object to it on political grounds, you might be the type who would enjoy a study of the book’s history. I learned from the ever-informative Brain Pickings about just such a study, entitled Stylized. I haven’t read the book myself but may pick it up. If you’re not familiar with Elements of Style, it might be worth picking up, as much of the advice is still often sound, even if some of it is stodgy and fussy.
You get a little vacation from actual grammar and usage tips this week, but I’ll try to return next week with something a little more substantial.