for sheer pith

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From "The Element of Style"

Today, fifty-two years later, its vigor is unimpaired,
and for sheer pith I think it probably sets a record that is not likely to be broken.

I don't understand what "for sheet pith" means.
Thank you for help
  • lingobingo

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    English - England
    The book is said to set a record “for sheer pith”, which means it’s written in a particularly concise but clear and expressive way. The adjective — pithy — is perhaps more common, as in “a pithy comment”.
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