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jm-cornwell's picture
Jun.03.2012
I was minding my own business, playing games online and looking through the most recent Facebook comment when I saw this:  "[S]ome authors, like myself, have their own style of punctuation and capitalization. It's a matter of preference."  Uh, no, punctualization is not a matter of...
mona-a-frazier's picture
Dec.22.2011
                                            The year is coming to a close and with it another chapter in the book of my writing life. The generosity of writer's, agents, and...
june-casagrande's picture
Apr.22.2009
  I can't be impartial on the subject of Strunk and White's "The Elements of Style." I know the book contains some good advice that has helped some people. But I find it too troubling that, through some smoke-and-mirrors marketing, this book continues to pass itself off as something it's...
june-casagrande's picture
Sep.08.2008
This is a follow up to my recent post about Strunk and White's The Elements of Style and what, I believe, is wrong with this beloved little book. As I wrote, there was an important shift in meaning when this guide, which was written for Strunk's students, was marketed as a general style guide....
june-casagrande's picture
Sep.06.2008
In today's Washington Post, Jonathan Yardley sings the praises of Strunk & White's "The Elements of Style." And, once again, I'm amazed at the snow job White pulled. Basically, he took a book of instructions for students writing term papers for one teacher a century ago and marketed...
cheryl-l-snell's picture
Sep.06.2008
For all you Strunkaholics out there, Jonathan Yardley has a WaPost article on the difference between eloquence and bloviation, the need for concision in writing("a sentence should contain no unnecessary words, for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no...
fran-johns's picture
Aug.13.2008
In the virtual world of the blogosphere there are those who suffer guilt over failure to blog. This despite evidence that the world manages to get along just fine without our daily contributions. I hear of this guilt about infrequency and irregularity, though, from my more gifted and committed...
june-casagrande's picture
Jul.05.2008
Here are some style guides' "helpful" instructions on forming possessives of words ending in S. Behold pure evil!   Chicago Manual of StyleJames's words James' sake James's seat      Associated Press StylebookJames' words James' sake James' seatBUTThe boss's words The boss' sake The...