“The Elements of Style” is one of the most highly esteemed books ever written on the art of writing. But is that esteem well-founded?.
Not at all, according to Geoffrey K. Pullum, head of linguistics and English language at the University of Edinburgh.
In an article entitled “50 Years of Stupid Grammar Advice” he writes:
“The Elements of Style does not deserve the enormous esteem in which it is held by American college graduates. Its advice ranges from limp platitudes to inconsistent nonsense. Its enormous influence has not improved American students’ grasp of English grammar; it has significantly degraded it.”
Hogwash, you say, and point out that in the hallowed halls of writing excellence, “The Elements of Style” has long been considered a virtual blueprint for how to write properly.
All I can say is you should read the entire article.
It’s quite an eye-opener.