Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Strunk & Twitter

In an age when "spreading the word" thru Twitter streamlines business communications to 140-character missives... I'm reminded of my favorite maxim from Strunk & White's classic "The Elements of Style"

The advice Professor Strunk gave back in 1918 still rings true today:

Omit Needless Words
Vigorous writing is concise. A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences, for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts. This requires not that the writer make all his sentences short, or that he avoid all detail and treat his subjects only in outline, but that every word tell.

Say no more.

Source & full text of Strunk's "Elements of Style" online at

Patrick Rafter
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1 comment:

  1. Love this. Short speech is so hard to find. It's easy to write a long post; difficult to write a short one. There are so many famous-but-long bloggers who I just don't read. See you at Nantucket.


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