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've been going through this book very thoroughly, because 1) I am a copy editor and 2) I don't have always enough to do so I'm creating an abbreviated version to be referred to on... Read morePublished 5 hours ago by Monette L. Bebow Reinhard
It's clever; however, it contains many opinions rather than rules of English. I disagree with several. He insists upon [.4 ounces] while I insist upon [.4 ounce]. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Peter Boyum
Just finished reading this highly useful book for writers. An easy and interesting read, with some subtle, tongue-in-cheek humor tucked into corners. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Richard L. Nielsen
Walsh writes very well. This is just the thing for language lovers.Published 8 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 21 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 on February 10, 2013 by Bobby Matherne