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On Knowing Ourselves

In 2012 posting called “Strunk and White” in this blog, I criticized a 2009 essay about the pair called “50 Years of Stupid Grammar Advice.” Strunk and White had not been trying to give grammar advice. They wrote not the elements of grammar, but The Elements of Style. They gave style advice by precept and example. The advice is good, if well understood; the critic should recognize that, as I wrote, “Rules of style are supposed to induce thinking, not obedience.”

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