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Monday, February 14, 2005

drop it like it's hot

i've added e.b. white to my list of favorite authors but i've yet to read the works he's known for (charlotte's web and stuart little). instead, i've become a fan because of his nonfiction work. white used words sparsely (plural form of the herb), but he is still able to get his point across (garnished with his sharp wit). take this excerpt from his revision of strunk's ELEMENTS OF STYLE -

Flammable. An oddity, chiefly useful in saving lives. The common word meaning “combustible” is inflammable. But some people are thrown off by the in- and think inflammable means “not combustible.” For this reason, trucks carrying gasoline or explosives are now marked FLAMMABLE. Unless you are operating such a truck and hence are concerned with the safety of children and illiterates, use inflammable.*

with a first name like ELWYN, i guess you have to be funny.


* - Strunk, W., E.B. White. The Elements of Style. Longman: New York, 2000.

7 Comments:

Blogger mush said...

hehe...Elwyn is E.B.White's name? Hehe, that was new.:D

Musta buhay grad?:D

11:01 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous-lee says:

Another misused word rule from Strunk & White:

PRESTIGIOUS. Often an adjective of last resort. It's in the dictionary, but that doesn't mean you have to use it.

2:54 PM

 
Blogger fongi said...

you're a riot!!! love reading your blog... keeps me entertained and at least smiling =) got here through mush. great work ;) i can see why you're a CW major =D and i took manalo for comm2 hahaha =P he's quite a character, too =)

9:33 PM

 
Blogger aziledra said...

aba! padami nang padami ang iyong fans... pwede ka nang mag-organize ng sarili mong "PR FANATIC" or "PR GIGSTER"! may isa ka pang fan, kung nasabi na sa yo ni SB.

7:31 AM

 
Blogger Kitty Litter said...

nabuhay ang blog! uy i have once and future king. pahiram ko sa yo, nakakatuwa. ;p

11:24 PM

 
Blogger java junkie said...

gotta hand it to you dude! ang galeng mo magsulat. kulet eh! write more! none of the insightious stuff oki? they make me entertained

12:11 PM

 
Blogger java junkie said...

gotta hand it to you dude! ang galeng mo magsulat. kulet eh! write more! none of the insightious stuff oki? they make me entertained

12:11 PM

 

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