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Elephants Of Style : NTC Self-Help - Bill Walsh

Elephants Of Style

NTC Self-Help

Paperback Published: 4th March 2004
ISBN: 9780071422680
Number Of Pages: 256

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Advice on good writing from everybody's favorite editorial curmudgeon

Persnickety, cantankerous, opinionated, entertaining, hilarious, wise...these are a few of the adjectives reviewers used to describe good-writing maven Bill Walsh's previous book, "Lapsing Into a Comma." Now, picking up where he left off in "Lapsing," Walsh addresses the dozen or so biggest issues that every writer or editor must master. He also offers a trunkload of good advice on the many little things that add up to good writing. Featuring all the elements that made "Lapsing "such a fun read, including Walsh's trademark acerbic wit and fascinating digressions on language and its discontents, "The Elephants of Style "provides: Tips on how to tame the "elephants of style"--the most important, frequently confused elements of good writing More of Walsh's popular "Curmudgeon's Stylebook"--includes entries such as Snarky Specificity, Metaphors, Near and Far, Actually is the New Like, and other uses and misuses of language Expert advice for writers and editors on how to work together for best results

Acknowledgmentsp. IX
Introduction: What We Talk About When We Talk About Stylep. XI
Remember That You're Not Using a Typewriter: Style Begins With Form and Formatp. 1
Also, Remember That You're in the United States
Letters of the Law: Common Missteps in Spellingp. 9
What's Up?: All About Capitalizationp. 17
Everything's Generic
What's in a nAME?
What to Abbrev.? The Short and Shorter of Truncations, Acronyms and Initialismsp. 43
Initial Reactions and Second Thoughts (IRAST)
Which One Is Right Again? A Quick Review of Problem Pairs (and Trios and ...)p. 51
Lies Your English Teacher Told You: The Big Myths of English Usagep. 61
Some Gray Areas: Proceed With Cautionp. 71
Agreed? Making Sure the Parts of Speech Get Alongp. 81
Cover Your S: Possessives and Pluralsp. 93
A Number of Problems: Counting on 100 Percent Correctnessp. 107
The Adventures of Curly and Stitch: The Comma, the Hyphen, the Headachesp. 125
Flair! Elan! Panache! A Few Potshots About Style-With-a-Capital-Sp. 135
Colors Are Pretty, but How About Just Giving It to Me in Black and White?
What Is, Is: Can't Argue With That
The Spin Wins: Great Moments in Obfuscation
Madam Chairman and That Friggin' Masseuse: Taking Linguistic Evolution Like a "-man"
Writers, Typists, Thieves and Liars: Plagiarism and Its Kinp. 157
Writing and Rewriting: A Writer-Turned-Editor Writes About Editing and Being Editedp. 163
From From to To: Everything's Ranging
Snarky Specificity
Literal and Conservative: George Washington Wasn't Really Our Father
The Curmudgeon's Stylebook (Continued): A Web FAQp. 177
Bibliographyp. 225
Indexp. 227
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ISBN: 9780071422680
ISBN-10: 0071422684
Series: NTC Self-Help
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 4th March 2004
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education - Europe
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 14.0  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.3
Edition Number: 1

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