We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Is it really the case that all the online attacks on Strunk and White are written by authors of other (less successful?) grammaria? Given the nature of language, no guide or advice can be omniscient or permanent, but the bitterness of these recent reviews/attacks seem as if they "doth protest too much."
For what it's worth, BD, this professional writer and editor has used S & W all during her working life -- along with the Columbia University Style Book, the OED, many other dictionaries, both American and English, and "Piloting Seamanship and Small Boat Handling." I'm considering obtaining a copy of the U.S. Navy's Rules of Engagement, which validate the right of Captains in the Navy to protect and defend American citizens in every way needed against pirates and other scum, which proves they don't need "permission" from That Person in the White House to do what they were trained to do. And he wasn't.
Those meretricious newspapers which congratulated Mr. Obama on his "military victory" should be keelhauled under a carrier. Deck Apes!
There! I feel better.
P. S. Isn't meretricious a wonderful word? Lots of people think it's a compliment, until I explain that meretrix is the Latin word for prostitute. MM
Meretricious is a great word, Marianne. Most people probably hear it and think something worthy of merit. For sure that is not Obama and his "military victory". What choice did he have - let pirates kill an American? As for those touting his decision to do the only possible thing to do, I say a good flogging around the fleet would be just the thing. And make sure that snarky CNN wench is in the boats after the captain gives her a nice cup of tea.
Other than the dates of my marriage and births of my children, grandchildren and (my heaven) two great grandsons, one of the happiest days of my life was when I found a 1925 one (large) volume OED on a curb about to be recycled. G_d bless our twisty, turney, infinitely interesting language!