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  Tips for Writers by Brad Hyde (January 2, 2005)
 

 
The One "Essential" Book of Usage: The Elements of Style

Ever wonder what is the shortest, sweetest and most essential book of English usage? Look no further! Either buy or try The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr.

Here's an example of his advice:  "Avoid fancy words. Avoid the elaborate, the pretentious, the coy, and the cute. Do not be tempted by a twenty-dollar word when there is a ten-center handy, ready and able. "

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