Strunk and White ain’t right

April 15, 2009 at 12:26 pm Leave a comment

With a gleeful chortle, I’m linking to this article by Geoffrey Pullum. Strunk & White’s Elements of Style is an iconic reference in the English literary world.  Let me correct that – in modern American English writing. GF here basically lambasts S&W for being innacurate guides to grammar that has, unfortunately, been taught in American schools and used in publishing for the last half century.

As one friend said, the article is “iconoclastic, grumpy, amusing.”  Another friend defended EoS as relevant in its day but grammar has changed since then, although the style sections has its merits.

I’ve never quite gotten my head wrapped round that book because I’m not a grammar freak but also because English English usage is different from American English. I’m keener on style than I am about fascist unbendable grammatical rules. That’s not to say good grammar should be ignored, just not at the expense of creative prose.

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