The Elements of Style, a very famous grammar book, recently reached its 50th anniversay, and some people are celebrating.
Which is weird. Even when I read it as a much younger writer, I don't think I ever found anything especially eye-opening about the advice in it. I even vaguely recall finding points to disagree with. Celebration of this book seems even more absurd, though, when you realize that a lot of the information in it is patently false.
> What's wrong is that the grammatical advice proffered in Elements is so misplaced and inaccurate that counterexamples often show up in the authors' own prose on the very same page.