. . . and the water’s rising
“All through The Elements of Style one finds evidences of the author’s deep sympathy for the reader. Will [Strunk] felt that the reader was in serious trouble most of the time, a man floundering in a swamp, and that it was the duty of anyone attempting to write English to drain this swamp quickly and get his man up on dry ground, or at least throw him a rope.”
—E.B. White (1899-985), writer, on his professor, mentor and collaborator, William Strunk in introduction to The Elements of Style, 3rd edition, 1979
• Editorial Comment: I drown, you drown, he/she/it drowns, we drown, you drown, they drown. Glubglubglub.
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