David Kirkpatrick

April 30, 2009

Elements of style, part one

Filed under: Arts, et.al., Media — Tags: , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 6:07 pm

Okay, before any grammarians out there get all twisted about the title of this series (if indeed it turns into a series) the title is merely an homage to the great tome by William Strunk and E.B. White. I keep a copy next to my writing table. It doesn’t get thumbed through nearly often enough.

Now to the point of this first installment of “elements of style” — I’ve noticed an interesting reworking of the often used descriptor, “bite-sized.” That is the traditional usage and makes perfect sense. The object in question, be it an idea or anything else is small enough to be immediately consumed. In effect, a bite-sized thing  is small.

The new version I’ve seen in a number of places over the last few years and growing is “byte-sized.” Essentially the same meaning, same pronunciation of the original and makes perfect sense in the digital world. Small and easily digestible, or usable.

(Hit this link for The Elements of Style: 50th Anniversary Edition at Amazon.)

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