Sunday, April 12, 2009

So Much Style That It's Wastin'

How are YOU going to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of Strunk & White's Elements of Style (Itself a revision of a usage book White had published in 1918)? If you are The Boston Globe's Jan Freeman, you are going to bitch about it. As for me, I find usage guides to be pretty tedious slogs (of course my usage is probably lousy) but if you are a writer, don't mess around -- go get The Chicago Manual of Style (I believe the latest is the 15th edition) and be done with it. A full run of the unabridged Oxford English Dictionary is on my wish list as well, but between cost and space, my OED fantasies will remain just that.

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