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It's sad. Shelves: words-and-language In her charming essay, "Insert a Carrot", Anne Fadiman describes a trait shared by everyone in her family - a heightened sensitivity to the flaws in other people's writing.

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But she really should have said no to this particular project. More than ten million copies of three editions were later sold. Her illustrations are occasionally pretty, sometimes baffling, but generally pointless. Good luck with that. The fourth edition of The Elements of Style , published 54 years after Strunk's death, omits his stylistic advice about masculine pronouns: "unless the antecedent is or must be feminine". Or, clearing the history of your visits to the site. I welcome constructive advice that helps me attain that goal. White, an afterword by the American cultural commentator Charles Osgood , a glossary, and an index. Five years later, the fourth edition text was re-published as The Elements of Style Illustrated , with illustrations by the designer Maira Kalman. Their famous motto, "Omit needless words", is fatuous and has absolutely no practical value. In criticizing The Elements of Style, Geoffrey Pullum , professor of linguistics at the University of Edinburgh , and co-author of The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language , said that: The book's toxic mix of purism, atavism, and personal eccentricity is not underpinned by a proper grounding in English grammar. The Elements of Style. Trying a different Web browser might help.

New York: Harcourt, Brace and Howe, These exemplify one of the book's biggest problems, which - to be fair - is not necessarily the authors' fault. Which might not be so terrible if the advice it contains were not so vague, idiosyncratic and frequently inconsistent. Strunkand the concluding chapter, "An Approach to Style", a broader, prescriptive guide to writing in English.

I also hate Strunk and White.

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A Court in Germany ordered that access to certain items in the Project Gutenberg collection are blocked from Germany. Project Gutenberg believes the Court has no jurisdiction over the matter, but until the issue is resolved, it will comply. Reception[ edit ] The Elements of Style was listed as one of the best and most influential books written in English since by Time in its list. Their famous motto, "Omit needless words", is fatuous and has absolutely no practical value. Do not use dialect unless your ear is good. It's sad. Probably the most infuriating aspect of writing our book was my co-author's continual invocation of Strunk and White as the final arbiter. If your IP address is shown by Maxmind to be outside of Germany and you were momentarily blocked, another issue is that some Web browsers erroneously cache the block. A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences, for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts. He has written a usage guide that gives writers clear, concrete, reasoned advice, without being overly dogmatic or erring on the side of sloppiness. The Elements of Style. Ms Kalman is a delightful artist, whose work elsewhere I greatly admire. Tenney later revised it for publication as The Elements and Practice of Composition Repeating this essentially vapid advice in similarly empty formulations like "Be clear" and "Don't explain too much" is of no practical help to anybody, and suggests that even the authors have difficulty in deciphering their own admonitions. This requires not that the writer make all his sentences short, or that he avoid all detail and treat his subjects only in outline, but that he make every word tell.

I think its author, Bryan A. Good luck with that.

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People become blind to the internal inconsistencies within the text, it gets quoted with the kind of self-righteous zeal characteristic to "true believers" and to similar ends. Apologies if this happened, because human users outside of Germany who are making use of the eBooks or other site features should almost never be blocked. A distraction that I am incapable of ignoring, they hijack my attention and diminish my respect for the author. Having trouble figuring out whether your ear is "good", your adverb is "awkward", or your writing is "over"? The examples used to illustrate "bad" style in the book are generally ludicrously bad. Britt Peterson of the Boston Globe wrote that it was a "curious addition". I think its author, Bryan A. For more information about the German court case, and the reason for blocking all of Germany rather than single items, visit PGLAF's information page about the German lawsuit. Which might not be so terrible if the advice it contains were not so vague, idiosyncratic and frequently inconsistent. It's sad. Her illustrations are occasionally pretty, sometimes baffling, but generally pointless. Project Gutenberg updates its listing of IP addresses approximately monthly. Its popularity is inexplicable to me. This edition excludes the afterword by Charles Osgood and restores the first edition chapter on spelling. More than ten million copies of three editions were later sold.
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