Txt Spk Def Not Allwd :0(

I have just read a little book on the English language called The Elements of Style by Strunk and White based on an original manuscript by Strunk written before 1919.  Rules of English usage are laid out as commandments – concise, clear and unequivocal.
“Place a comma before a conjunction introducing an independent clause.”
I have no idea what it means but I like its certainty, its forcefulness, its confidence.  The whole book is written in a voice that must be obeyed.
“Do not dress words up by adding -ly to them, as though putting a hat on a horse.”
What a joy!

About Kerry Mayo

I have written three novels, I have been published in the Whitstable Women Writers anthology, Place, and the Writers of Whitstable anthology, A Different Kind of Kent, and had one non-fiction book, Whitstable Through Time published by Amberley. I have also had two short films produced and short stories and serials published in national magazines.
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