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It's the 50th anniversary of Strunk & White and not everyone's impressed

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by JR, Apr 23, 2009.

  1. JR

    JR Well-Known Member

    Pearson has just published a 50th anniversay edition of "The Elements of Style"

    Geoffrey K. Pullum, head of linguistics and English language at the University of Edinburgh is not amused. No fence sitting here. The headline of his column: "50 Years of Stupid Grammar Advice"

    The Elements of Style does not deserve the enormous esteem in which it is held by American college graduates. Its advice ranges from limp platitudes to inconsistent nonsense. Its enormous influence has not improved American students' grasp of English grammar; it has significantly degraded it.


    I bought myself a copy of Strunk & White way back in high school--around the 10th anniversary of he book. It was my bible (Bible?) during my essay writing days in university.

    Flammatory enough to start a discussion on a journalism board, I guess.
  2. Matt1735

    Matt1735 Well-Known Member

    It's a DB, and not everyone's impressed!

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