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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 ...

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/22/books/22elem.html
     
  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

    http://www.bartleby.com/141/strunk.html
     
  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.

    http://chronicle.com/free/v55/i32/32b01501.htm
     
  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.

    ;D
     
  9. WriteThinking

    WriteThinking Well-Known Member

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

    Frank_Ridgeway Well-Known Member

    Eh.

    http://www.amazon.com/Elephants-Style-Trunkload-Contemporary-American/dp/0071422684
     
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