a stickler for rules (at least for grammar)

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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.



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