Tip of the Day: “Omit Needless Words”

The Elements of Style by William Strunk and E.B. White, is one of the most influential and best-known books on English grammar and usage in the United States. It presents eight elementary rules of usage, ten elementary principles of composition, “a few matters of form,” and a list of commonly misused words and expressions.  An often-quoted principle in the book is “Rule #13: 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.”