A World Without "Whom" is Eats, Shoots & Leaves for the internet age, and Emmy Favilla is the witty go-to style guru of webspeak. As language evolves faster than ever, what is the future of "correct" writing? When Favilla was tasked with creating a style guide for BuzzFeed, she opted for guidelines that would reflect not only the site's lighthearted tone, but also how readers actually use language IRL.
With wry cleverness and an uncanny intuition for the possibilities of internet-age expression, Favilla makes a case for breaking the rules: A world without "whom," she argues, leaves more room for writing that's clear, timely, pleasurable, and politically aware. Featuring priceless emoji strings, sidebars, quizzes, and style debates among the most lovable word nerds in the digital media world--of which Favilla is queen-A World Without "Whom" is essential for readers and writers of news articles, blog posts, tweets, texts, emails, and whatever comes next . . . so basically everyone.
About the Author
Emmy J. Favilla is the former global copy chief and current senior commerce editor at BuzzFeed. She created the BuzzFeed Style Guide, which garnered a great deal of media attention as the unofficial "style guide for the internet" when it went public in 2014. Prior to BuzzFeed, she was copy chief at Teen Vogue and has also copyedited for a host of national print publications, including Seventeen and Natural Health. She lives in New York City.
“Buzzy and effervescent.”
“Witty and informative . . . This is the rare style manual that is as entertaining as it is instructive.”
“A lighthearted take on communicating in the digital age.”
“A smart and amusing work that will appeal to those who enjoy the fun point of contact between language's inherent ambiguity and its cultural and technological biases.”
“[A World Without 'Whom'] lifts up what matters in language, namely clarity and respect for others, and grants permission to dismiss those hobgoblins disguised as 'rules.'”