Thursday, April 16, 2009

Happy Birthday, Elements of Style!

Strunk & White's The Elements of Style turns 50 today. That's 50 years of short, sweet, logical grammar rules. Thank you!

Just a few rules Strunk & White graced us with are:
1. Form the possessive singular of nouns by adding 's. Follow this rule whatever the final consonant. Thus write, Charles's friend, etc. (English teachers: You've had 50 years to get caught up with this. Please stop teaching our children to write Chris'!)
2. Logic suggests that [Junior when following a name] is, in fact, restrictive and therefore not in need of a comma: James Wright Jr. (Hallmark, can we please take the comma out of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day now?)
3. Omit needless words. (Enough said.)

Cheers to 50 years with Strunk & White, and here's to 50 more (before those pesky grammar rules change again)!

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous7:22 PM

    ive got nothing
    that book looks like a waste of time