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  Style (from Latin stilus, ‘pointed stick’) is a specific way of behaving, and of creating or presenting material. Specificity can be either to oneself or to a group. Like all forms of identification, as opposed to identity, style is a subjective phenomenon and is both superficial and ephemeral; like all matters of choice or taste, it tends however to be discussed as if it were fundamental and had objective rules. Fussing about style, whether one\'s own or other people\'s, has primarily been an activity of the pedant or the insecure; it defines not the essence of things, but our attitude to things—and in that sense, to some extent, ourselves. KMcL  



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