Back when I was in high school, we all had to (were lucky to?) read this compact book about writing style. I remember it full of rules – some a bit of the more random ones have stuck in my head for years… “clever” – doesn’t mean the same thing when referring to a horse as a human, for example. This particular reference seems to spark a lot of memories – and criticisms of the book – since it’s rather outdated. You may also have other favorite(s).
This seems to be the year of The Elements of Style, and I’m not sure why.
(Wait, I looked it up – Time magazine named it “one of the 100 best and most influential books written in English since 1923”. Not at all a random time frame.)
The fabulous Brain Pickings blog has highlighted some creative homages (Strunk & White probably wouldn’t approve of that plural) to the work that tickled me to no end. Here are two:
1. A rap.
(If you link out and watch this on Vimeo, you can see the lyrics.)