Errors in “The Elements of Style” by Strunk and White


I still have my copy of The Elements of Style from high school, and it’s probably the first book that made me excited about grammar. Their disdain for long-winded phrases and useless words delighted me. It’s a bold book. It’s concise. It was a breath of fresh air in a stuffy English-classroom. But how good is it? Is it outdated? Is it just plain wrong?

Geoffrey K. Pullum, the head of linguistics and English language at the University of Edinburgh, isn’t a fan. In his article, 50 Years of Stupid Grammar Advice, he tears the book apart, along with its authors:

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