A Trunkload of Tips on the Big Issues and Gray Areas of Contemporary American English

Author: Bill Walsh

Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional

ISBN: 9780071442756

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 93

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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
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How to Be a Language Snob Without Being a Jerk

Author: Bill Walsh

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

ISBN: 1250032016

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 304

View: 6088

These are interesting times for word nerds. We ate, shot and left, bonding over a joke about a panda and some rants about greengrocers who abuse apostrophes. We can go on Facebook and vow to judge people when they use poor grammar. The fiftieth anniversary of the publication of The Elements of Style inspired sentimental reveries. Grammar Girl's tally of Twitter followers is well into six digits. We can't get enough of a parody of the Associated Press Stylebook, of all things, or a collection of "unnecessary" quotation marks. Could you care less? Does bad grammar or usage "literally" make your head explode? Test your need for this new book with these sentences: "Katrina misplaced many residents of New Orleans from their homes." "Sherry finally graduated college this year." "An armed gunman held up a convenience store on Broadway yesterday afternoon." Pat yourself on the back if you found issues in every one of these sentences, but remember: There is a world out there beyond the stylebooks, beyond Strunk and White, beyond Lynne Truss and Failblogs. In his long-awaited follow-up to Lapsing Into a Comma and The Elephants of Style, while steering readers and writers on the proper road to correct usage, Walsh cautions against slavish adherence to rules, emphasizing that the correct choice often depends on the situation. He might disagree with the AP Stylebook or Merriam-Webster, but he always backs up his preferences with logic and humor. Walsh argues with both sides in the language wars, the sticklers and the apologists, and even with himself, over the disputed territory and ultimately over whether all this is warfare or just a big misunderstanding. Part usage manual, part confessional, and part manifesto, Yes, I Could Care Less bounces from sadomasochism to weather geekery, from "Top Chef" to Monty Python, from the chile of New Mexico to the daiquiris of Las Vegas, with Walsh's distinctive take on the way we write and talk. Yes, I Could Care Less is a lively and often personal look at one man's continuing journey through the obstacle course that some refer to, far too simply, as "grammar."
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A Curmudgeon's Guide to the Many Things That Can Go Wrong in Print--and How to Avoid Them

Author: Bill Walsh

Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional

ISBN: 9780071389921

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 256

View: 5269

No writer's or editor's desk is complete without a battered, page-bent copy of the AP Stylebook. However, this not-so-easy-to-use reference of journalistic style is often not up-to-date and leaves reporters and copyeditors unsatisfied. Bill Walsh, copy chief for the Washington Post's business desk, addresses these shortcomings in Lapsing into a Comma. In an opinionated, humorous, and yes, curmudgeonly way, he shows how to apply the basic rules to unique, modern grammar issues. Walsh explains how to deal with perplexing situations such as trendy words, foreign terms, and web speak.
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Author: Bryan Garner

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0190491485

Category:

Page: 1120

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Bryan Garner is the most trusted living usage expert of our day, and Garner's Modern English Usage is the preeminent guide to the effective use of the English language. With well over 6,000 entries on English grammar, syntax, word choice, punctuation, capitalization, spelling, and style, thisbook is adored by professional writers and general readers alike. In this major update to a timeless classic, Bryan Garner has dramatically expanded coverage of international English usage, making the volume for the first time a guide not only to American English usage, but to English usage aroundthe globe. Interest in the English language is greater than ever; English is the lingua franca not only of higher education and academia, but of science, business, computing, aviation, and even - arguably - entertainment. An awareness of global English matters today as never before. To ensure that BryanGarner's clear, unambiguous advice resonates with English-speakers worldwide, more than 2,000 entries have been revised to account for the nuances of English not only in the United States, but in Australia and New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Canada, and South Africa. Not everything has changed: readers will still find the popular "Garner's Language-Change Index" which registers where each disputed usage in modern English falls on a five-stage continuum from non-acceptability (to the language community as a whole) to acceptability, giving the book a consistentstandard throughout. Bryan Garner's tools for scientific accuracy are, however, fully updated: this fourth edition benefits from usage data generated by Google Ngrams, which charts frequencies of any word or short sentence in sources printed after 1800. With thousands of concise entries, longer essays on problematic areas such as subject-verb agreement and danglers, and meticulous citations of the New York Times, Newsweek, and other leading journalistic sources, this fourth edition of Garner's Modern English Usage provides priceless referenceinformation to anyone hoping to improve as a writer - worldwide.
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Author: Ken Smith

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780922233274

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 136

View: 8594

The author of Mental Hygiene and Ken's Guide to the Bible traces the damage done to English by infomercials and advertising, revealing those "junk" words, phrases, and tendencies that have made the language euphemistic and vague. Original.
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Strategic Writing for Emerging and Established Media

Author: Ronald D. Smith

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317302982

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 458

View: 5265

Becoming a Public Relations Writer is a comprehensive guide to the writing process for public relations practice. Using straightforward, no-nonsense language, realistic examples, easy-to-follow steps, and practical exercises, this text introduces the various formats and styles of writing you will encounter as a public relations practitioner. A focus on ethical and legal issues is woven throughout, with examples and exercises addressing public relations as practiced by corporations, non-profit agencies, and other types of organizations both large and small. In addition, the book offers the most comprehensive list of public relations writing formats to be found anywhere—from the standard news release to electronic mail and other opportunities using a variety of technologies and media. The fifth edition has been updated to reflect significant developments in the public relations field, including: New and updated information on research into persuasion and social psychology aimed at helping readers be more influential in their writing. Significant updating on a new chapter on multimedia, introducing a new transmedia format for a comprehensive news package for print, broadcast, online and social media. Expansion of a chapter on websites, blogs and wikis. Expansion of the chapter on direct mail and online appeals. Updated examples of actual pieces of public relations writing. A companion website with resources for instructors and students, including a glossary, flashcards, exercises, and appendices on ethical standards, careers in public relations, and professional organizations. Through its comprehensive and accessible approach, Becoming a Public Relations Writer is an invaluable resource for future and current public relations practitioners.
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Author: Mark Peters PhD

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1615644504

Category: Reference

Page: 352

View: 935

Writing and speaking with correct grammar and style is the key to getting ahead in business and life. For many, however, mastering the details of grammar is a slow and painful process. The Idiot's Guide®: Grammar and Style makes learning and using proper grammar clear and easy. In this book, readers get: Clear, no-nonsense explanations and examples that make learning the finer points of English grammar easy. An easy way to remember the parts of speech-including nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, conjunctions, prepositions, and interjections-and how to assemble them into clear clauses, phrases, sentences, and paragraphs. Help with the mechanics of writing, including proper punctuation, capitalization, and spelling. Tips on avoiding and fixing the most common errors. Plentiful in-book exercises to reinforce learning for each topic. A review of the various references and style guides available and how and when to use them. A thorough guide to writing with clarity and conciseness, which gives more impact to letters, emails, and other documents.
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Fun Ways to Teach Some Serious Writing Skills

Author: Judy Green

Publisher: Pembroke Publishers Limited

ISBN: 1551382555

Category: Education

Page: 128

View: 8057

"Organized around the 6 + 1 Writing Traits, the book breaks writing into manageable parts to help both students and teachers deal with all aspects of writing." -- back cover.
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12 Steps to Better Writing Habits

Author: Robert W. Harris

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

ISBN: 1466852321

Category: Reference

Page: 224

View: 6944

At last, help for writers who can admit they have a problem. Do you get a lift by dangling a participle? Has your punctuation ever caused difficulties at home or at work? Do you consider yourself just a "social misspeller?" These are just a few of the warning signs that you might have an addiction to bad writing. But fear not. This practical guide to eliminating bad writing habits will put you on the path to recovery. Filled with accessible advice and examples, this "powerful 12-step program" identifies the most common writing mistakes and offers simple ways to correct them. Here, you can learn to overcome wordiness, formality, incompleteness, and other problems that stand in the way of clear communication. And as you learn to eliminate ineffective sentences, you'll be "writing off" jargon, mixed metaphors, clichés, and more. The advice in this ingenious and useful book has helped Tom G., Martha D., and Cathy W.* write more clearly, confidently, and persuasively. It can do the same for you - whether you write for school, work, or pleasure. If you've tried other programs, only to fall back on bad habits, let Standard English be your guide. This book will show you how. Get ready to improve your writing skills - one sentence at a time. *their real names
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Author: Mary Norris

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393246604

Category: Reference

Page: 240

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"Hilarious…This book charmed my socks off." —Patricia O’Conner, New York Times Book Review Mary Norris has spent more than three decades working in The New Yorker’s renowned copy department, helping to maintain its celebrated high standards. In Between You & Me, she brings her vast experience with grammar and usage, her good cheer and irreverence, and her finely sharpened pencils to help the rest of us in a boisterous language book as full of life as it is of practical advice. Named a Best Book of the Year by NPR, Amazon, Wall Street Journal, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, and Library Journal.
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A Writer's Guide to Crafting Killer Sentences

Author: June Casagrande

Publisher: Ten Speed Press

ISBN: 9781580083782

Category: Reference

Page: 224

View: 9169

Great writing isn’t born, it’s built—sentence by sentence. But too many writers—and writing guides—overlook this most important unit. The result? Manuscripts that will never be published and writing careers that will never begin. In this wickedly humorous manual, language columnist June Casagrande uses grammar and syntax to show exactly what makes some sentences great—and other sentences suck. With chapters on “Conjunctions That Kill” and “Words Gone Wild,” this lighthearted guide is perfect for anyone who’s dead serious about writing, from aspiring novelists to nonfiction writers, conscientious students to cheeky literati. So roll up your sleeves and prepare to craft one bold, effective sentence after another. Your readers will thank you. From the Trade Paperback edition.
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a direct approach to writing

Author: Chris Anderson

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin College Div

ISBN: N.A

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 196

View: 9074

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A Memoir

Author: Jeannette Walls

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1439156964

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 288

View: 8182

The child of an alcoholic father and an eccentric artist mother discusses her family's nomadic upbringing, during which she and her siblings fended for themselves while their parents outmaneuvered bill collectors and the authorities.
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Author: Noah Lukeman

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393329801

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 208

View: 7919

A practical guide to the art of punctuation for creative writers covers such topics as word economy, punctuation style, and clear writing techniques, in a reference that is complemented by writing exercises and examples from classic works of literature. Reprint.
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A Definitive Guide to the Queen's English

Author: Norman W. Schur

Publisher: Skyhorse

ISBN: 1626364672

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 481

View: 8904

Whether you are traveling to Great Britain or just want to understand British popular culture, this unique dictionary will answer your questions. British English from A to Zed contains more than 5,500 British terms and their American equivalents, each with a short explanation of the term’s history and an example of its use. The appendixes provide valuable supplemental material with differences between British and American pronunciation, grammar, and spelling as well as terms grouped in specific areas such as currency, weight, and numbers. This dictionary will help you unravel the meanings of: ? Berk (idiot) ? Bevvied up (drunk) ? Crisps (potato chips) ? Erk (rookie) ? To judder (to shake) ? Noughts and crosses (tic-tac-toe) ? And more! George Bernard Shaw famously said that the British and Americans were “two peoples separated by a common language.” This book bridges that gap.
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Advice from Chicago (or, How to Negotiate Good Relationships with Your Writers, Your Colleagues, and Yourself)

Author: Carol Fisher Saller

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226734102

Category: Reference

Page: 148

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Each year writers and editors submit over three thousand grammar and style questions to the Q&A page at The Chicago Manual of Style Online. Some are arcane, some simply hilarious—and one editor, Carol Fisher Saller, reads every single one of them. All too often she notes a classic author-editor standoff, wherein both parties refuse to compromise on the "rights" and "wrongs" of prose styling: "This author is giving me a fit." "I wish that I could just DEMAND the use of the serial comma at all times." "My author wants his preface to come at the end of the book. This just seems ridiculous to me. I mean, it’s not a post-face." In The Subversive Copy Editor, Saller casts aside this adversarial view and suggests new strategies for keeping the peace. Emphasizing habits of carefulness, transparency, and flexibility, she shows copy editors how to build an environment of trust and cooperation. One chapter takes on the difficult author; another speaks to writers themselves. Throughout, the focus is on serving the reader, even if it means breaking "rules" along the way. Saller’s own foibles and misadventures provide ample material: "I mess up all the time," she confesses. "It’s how I know things." Writers, Saller acknowledges, are only half the challenge, as copy editors can also make trouble for themselves. (Does any other book have an index entry that says "terrorists. See copy editors"?) The book includes helpful sections on e-mail etiquette, work-flow management, prioritizing, and organizing computer files. One chapter even addresses the special concerns of freelance editors. Saller’s emphasis on negotiation and flexibility will surprise many copy editors who have absorbed, along with the dos and don’ts of their stylebooks, an attitude that their way is the right way. In encouraging copy editors to banish their ignorance and disorganization, insecurities and compulsions, the Chicago Q&A presents itself as a kind of alter ego to the comparatively staid Manual of Style. In The Subversive Copy Editor, Saller continues her mission with audacity and good humor.
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Author: Mignon Fogarty,Erwin Haya

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 0805089438

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 294

View: 8070

A guide to English language grammar covers the parts of speech, sentences, and punctuation along with information on writing style and a collection of quizzes.
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Syntax as Style

Author: Virginia Tufte

Publisher: Graphics Press

ISBN: N.A

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 308

View: 3841

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