The Elements of Style


English is a ridiculously hard language. You could argue that Chinese is harder to write, that German is harder to speak and that French snobbery makes it impossible to practice. BUT English has stupid rules that make little sense and have many exceptions.

As someone that calls English their first language and spends most of her days getting paid to write, I will admit that grammar can still be a struggle.

strunkwhiteBut I’m constantly trying to cozy up to the beastly thing. Beyond grammar and spelling, there is a thing called style. And as Yves Saint-Laurent once said, “Fashions fade, style is eternal.” That’s why I’m reading Strunk and White’s The Elements of Style.

The Elements of Style is pretty cheeky for a teeny, tiny textbook on writing text. But it’s pretty boring reading a textbook and it’s not easy to memorize a book full of rules. So I’ll be sharing my learnings over the next few weeks on Broken Penguin.

Hopefully that will make things more exciting but if it gets too dull, I’ll throw in random photos of half-naked cowboys or something.


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