The Elements of Style

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 This particular reference seems to spark a lot of memories – and criticisms of the book – since it’s rather outdated.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.)

2. An illustrated version.


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