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Happy birthday to "The Elements of Style"

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Inky_Wretch, Apr 22, 2009.

  1. Inky_Wretch

    Inky_Wretch Well-Known Member

    One of the most influential books in our business turns 50 this year ...

  2. SixToe

    SixToe Active Member

    Omit needless words.
  3. beautiful, ain't it?

    if there's one rule to follow in any kind of writing, that's it

    S&W was my bible in college and i've tried to live by its elegant guidelines since

  4. SixToe

    SixToe Active Member

    Today I guess it would be:

    Omt ndlss wrds.

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  5. An interesting counter-argument to the value of S&W.

  6. Bump_Wills

    Bump_Wills Member

    "Omit needless words" are the three best words in that book.

    No style guide, however, warrants blind devotion. S&W, exalted as it is, has some advice that is questionable at best (the link above covers much of it), and still more that many excellent writers disdain.

    Style is not a matter of absolute right or wrong. I wish more people in our business grasped that.
  7. mediaguy

    mediaguy Active Member

    Got a book -- in middle school! -- called "How To Be Brief." Still use it, along with "Elements of Style." Even E.B. White's name was succinct.
  8. SixToe

    SixToe Active Member

    Well, White could have dropped the E or the B and been more brief.

  9. WriteThinking

    WriteThinking Well-Known Member

    This thread should have been started by sportschick.
  10. Frank_Ridgeway

    Frank_Ridgeway Well-Known Member


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