Strunk – no Stunk & White – No Style (on my part)

27 Aug

Judging a book by its cover – would you want to read this?

I’ll admit it; I read books just to say I’ve read them. I excuse myself, because I usually end up loving them, like Anna Karenina. (now I just made myself sound super educated and snooty by having read that behemoth of a novel)

Over the summer I read Strunk and White’s Elements of Style. I even read a book on the history of Elements of Style. The history held my attention better (I always did like history).

I enjoyed E.B. White’s introduction and comments on style at the end; otherwise, I found it kind of “meh”.

Sacrelige for me to say, I know.

Hey, I love the rule “Omit needless words”. Don’t always listen to it though.

So, I’ve read the book, “the little book” as it was called. I can now call myself accomplished in matter of English Composition (or at least the knowledge of it) by having done so. Hurrah!

I liked Grammar Girl’s Grammar book better. I’m a sucker for commercialism.

C’mon, This book looks way more fun!


Posted by on August 27, 2012 in Humor


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4 responses to “Strunk – no Stunk & White – No Style (on my part)

  1. slightlyreworded

    August 28, 2012 at 12:32 am

    I’ve got a PDF of the book but still haven’t read it. One of my professors in journalism school insisted I read it, but I’ve heard it’s overrated.


  2. Mystery Woman

    August 28, 2012 at 9:32 am

    Someone once suggested that I get Strunk & White for my little boy, who is an amazing writer. I never got around to it…and I was feeling guilty…like I’m stunting his growth. But after reading this review…no more guilt! 🙂


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