The Elements of Style

The Elements of Style are the textual attributes associated with texts that are accessible, clear, readable, understandable: Brevity, Flow, Simplicity, Unity  

Definition – What are the Elements of Style?

Since the 1918 publication of The Elements of Style by Strunk and White, the elements of style have been conceptualized to be the textual attributes associated with clarity in communications, especially

  1. Brevity
  2. Flow
  3. Simplicity
  4. Unity

Over the last 200 years, definitions of the elements of style have evolved.

In contemporary writing spaces, which are often multimodal or a mixture of modalities, the elements of style concern

Related Concepts: Persona; Register; Styles of Writing; Tone; Voice


Google Ngram View of The Elements of Style, 1800 – 2019

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