A thorough, and thoroughly entertaining, guide to writing like the pros
What do writers and editors mean when they talk about style? Sometimes they mean formatting for consistency and clarity. (Is it Texas or Tex. or TX? One space or two after a period?) Sometimes they mean correctness in spelling, grammar, word usage and punctuation. (A historic or an historic? The data is or the data are?) And sometimes they mean style as in stylishness. (Bright and breezy or just-the-facts-ma'am? Is that cute little idea fresh and original or tired and silly?) Inside, you'll find answers that will add polish and sparkle to your writing.
In the word-nerd classic Lapsing Into a Comma, Bill Walsh of the Washington Post entertained, educated and enlightened writers, editors, students and language lovers with commonsense guidelines and opinionated commentary on American English in the computer age. In The Elephants of Style he takes a step back and presents an in-depth look at the basics, including spelling, capitalization, abbreviations, subject-verb agreement, plurals and possessives.
With sometimes acerbic wit, the author also addresses:
The Elephants of Style includes a continuation of The Curmudgeon's Stylebook, Walsh's A-to-Z glossary of style matters big and small, guaranteed to address questions that no other usage manuals cover. Is Starbucks a coffee shop? Is it porn or porno?
I missed out on all the fun!
Like his previous work, Lapsing Into a Comma, this entertaining and enlightening book shows Walsh has got a great ear and a great sense of humor.
This books sits on my desk and is a great reference, especially for a punctilious writer adapting to more casual writing environments.
Walsh writes very well. This is just the thing for language lovers.Published 4 months ago by C. Sullivan
The book is cheap on effort, content and writing; Walsh's writing is overly casual and conversational-unsuited for a book on style. Read morePublished 17 months ago by G. Airday
Almost lapsed into a coma reading this book, I did, which ironically is almost the title of Walsh's previous book, Lapsing into a Comma. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Bobby Matherne
My wife wanted to get in to writing more and this book has significantly helped her grammar in her writing efforts.Published on October 29, 2012 by Bryan Van De Rostyne
And not to be confused with Elements of Style, ELEPHANTS of Style is yet another writing book that amuses. Read morePublished on August 29, 2012 by Terri J. Rice
A bit ponderous. Way too much bloviating from a skilled writer. Can think of about six other books in this genre that are more deft, helpful and graceful.Published on July 28, 2012 by Larry E. Harms
This books sits on my desk and is a great reference, especially for a punctilious writer adapting to more casual writing environments.Published on May 25, 2012 by Penny Freeman