The Elements of Style is a prescriptive American English
writing style guide comprising eight “elementary rules of usage”, ten
“elementary principles of composition”, “a few matters of form”, a list
of forty-nine “words and expressions commonly misused”, and a list of
fifty-seven “words often misspelled”. In 2011, Time magazine listed the
writing style-guide as one of the 100 best and most influential books
written in English since 1923. Cornell University professor of English
William Strunk, Jr., wrote The Elements of Style in 1918, and privately
published it in 1919, for in-house use at the university. In The
Elements of Style (1918), as a professor of English, William Strunk
concentrated on specific questions of usage and the cultivation of good
writing with the recommendation “Make every word tell”; hence, the 17th
principle of composition is the simple instruction: “Omit needless
words.”

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