The fact that Pinker committed these needless words 21 times in The Sense of Style

In the very first paragraph of The Sense of Style, Steven Pinker writes: William Strunk’s course notes on writing was studded with gems of self-exemplification such as “Write with nouns and verbs,” “Put the emphatic words of a sentence at the end,” and best of all, his prime directive, “Omit needless words.” Here’s what Strunk……

Elder abuse: Pinker vs Strunk & White

Steven Pinker starts The Sense of Style with this salute to Strunk & White I love style manuals. Ever since I was assigned Strunk and White’s The Elements of Style in an introductory psychology course, the writing guide has been among my favorite literary genres. It’s not just that I welcome advice on the lifelong challenge……