The Online Dictionary of Language Terminology (ODLT)


Strunk, William Jr.

Strunk is white.
Strunk is white.



(1869-1946) A Professor of English at Cornell University who is best known as the author of The Elements of Style, a legendary guide to English usage.

That book was initially printed privately in 1918 for his students, and it became a campus classic at Cornell known as the little book.

Strunk describes the book as follows:

"It aims to lighten the task of instructor and student by concentrating attention ... on a few essentials, the rules of usage and principles of composition most commonly violated."

After Strunk's death, the book was revised in 1959 by E. B. White, an editor at The New Yorker who had been one of Strunk's students.

Notes:
1. Click here to read the full text of Strunk's original version.
2. Click here to read Linguist Geoffrey Pullum's 50 Years of Stupid Grammar Advice— an all out attack on the defenceless Mr. Strunk; and here to listen to Pullum pursue his assault on the deceased in an NPR interview.
3. Click here to read an astute critique of Pullum's attack by the compassionate blogger Michael Leddy.


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