Tag: The Elements of Style

Things That Will Kick Your Ass: Written Word Edition

Over the years I’ve given away every copy of this thing that has passed through my hands …

The Elements of Style

… but after perusing a whitepaper-in-progress have decided that generosity is no longer an option.

MG signing off (with the work cut out for him, not due to difficulty as much as volume)

Constructive criticism

The Elements of StyleA second round of thoughts on some work I’m doing hits the inbox:

Take the Strunk and White principle of “less is more” and apply it mercilessly and see what the outcome is.

I look left, and on the second shelf up find the reference. It’s the Third Edition, which I bought used from the university bookstore more than two decades ago.

Several years back I myself suggested The Elements of Style to someone. They told me they didn’t have time to read any books.

I at once took that as a “screw you” and that they didn’t care much about what they were creating either. You can surmise how it turned out.

I look at my latest piece, immediately recognizing exactly where my critic is coming from.

Then I decide I’d rather not make the same mistake.