a stickler for rules (at least for grammar)

I STARTED WRITING when I was in grade school. Recently, a classmate of my brother’s found a copy of a “newspaper” that Chester Street Elementary School published in 1964. In it was a one paragraph article by my brother followed by a three paragraph “article” by me. It summed up oh so briefly the Philadelphia Phillies’ phenomenal rookie, Richie Allen.

I continued writing throughout my life, although I did not publish anything until 1985. But that’s another story that will be covered in “The Avid Collector” section of this blog.

During my brief stab at college, a professor introduced me to The Elements Of Style by William Strunk Jr. and E. B. White. I have been a devotee of the book and a stickler for rules concerning grammar and punctuation ever since. (Oddly, I follow each rule except one, their first listed rule. If you want to know what that rule is, go out and purchase a copy of the book. It is a tiny thing—won’t cost you much—but you will refer to it for years . . .)

So. this section of my blog will be devoted to the misuse of words and their ever-important but often misunderstood punctuation, primarily in major print media bit also in advertising, where, as I said, I am a stickler for rules.


PS: A wee part of me wishes that I had used “grammer” in the title!

NOTE: William Strunk Jr’s original edition of The Elements Of Style (1919) was all of fifty-three pages long. In 1959, it was revised and expanded by one of his students, the famous children’s book author E.B. White. It is one of the best selling and most influential grammar and punctuation books ever published. I have used the authors’ names for one of the categories of this site: Strunkandwhiten It! For more information, refer to “On William Strunk and Elements of Style.”

Comments and arguments welcome!