John McWhorter on Strunk and White’s The Elements of Style.

Strunk and White Is a Lot of Bunk and Tripe

Strunk and White Is a Lot of Bunk and Tripe

A show about the mysteries of English.
Oct. 31 2017 12:40 PM

Against Strunk and White

It’s time to permanently shelve The Elements of Style.

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John McWhorter takes on William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White’s inexplicably beloved writing reference book, The Elements of Style.

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