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Reading Yes, I Could Care Less is like bellying up to your favorite neighborhood bar while a cranky yet lovable uncle holds forth on the perils of comma splices and misplaced hyphens. Walsh is combative and funny, and he doesn't suffer fools gladly In short, Walsh brings some welcome newsroom swagger and regular-guy moxie into the often prim world of style and syntax. (The Washington Post)
A frisky reminder that usage issues are part convention, part passion. (Kirkus Reviews)
You should be so lucky as to have Bill Walsh as your editor. Pay attention. Be clear. Be precise. Don't be a jerk. (Baltimore Sun)
If you dream about correcting the office grammar Nazi, pick up Washington Post copyeditor Bill Walsh's witty book Yes, I Could Care Less. (The Washingtonian)
How can you not love a language maven who admits up front (well, in the Epilogue anyway) that he's nuts? And who wouldn't be? Bill Walsh has to walk a fine line. He's enough of a pickypants to satisfy readers of The Washington Post, but he never crosses the line into jerkitude. Or hardly ever. (Give up the hyphen, Bill. The word is email.) Oh, and did I mention that's he's funny? Armed gunmen, he tells us, are 'the worst kind.' And you probably think you know what domestic beer is. But as the author can tell you, it's in the eye of the bartender. (Patricia T. O'Conner, author of Woe Is I and, with Stewart Kellerman, Origins of the Specious: Myths and Misconceptions of the English Language.)
In his third volume of musings and pronouncements on language, Bill Walsh argues persuasively that there's room at the table for both prescriptivists and descriptivists--or what he calls 'the sticklers' and 'the spoilsports.' With keen intelligence, dry humor, and panache, he exhorts us not only to think more critically about how we write and speak but also to strive for 'tiny acts of elegance' in that 'slippery and elusive' realm called standard American English. Some will call Walsh a demigod of usage. Others will call him a demagogue. I call him, oxymoronically, our most amiable curmudgeon of style. (Charles Harrington Elster, author of The Accidents of Style and Verbal Advantage)
What Walsh calls his 'curmudgeon's stylebook' contains such useful items as differentiating names of peoples. . . . His 'gray areas' are stimulating. (William Safire, On Language, New York Times Magazine on The Elephants of Style)
More from Bill Walsh! I love it. He's packed The Elephants of Style with his wisdom and expertise to help any writer look good. (Barbara Wallraff, former language columnist for The Atlantic Monthly, on The Elephants of Style)
A mother lode for language lovers. (American Journalism Review on Lapsing Into a Comma)
Bill Walsh is a stylist with a sense of humor, a rare commodity these days. (Frank Mankiewicz, former president, NPR, on Lapsing Into a Comma)
Bill Walsh is a copy editor at The Washington Post, where he has worked since 1997. He is a regular presenter at the annual conferences of the American Copy Editors Society. Walsh is the author of Lapsing Into a Comma and The Elephants of Style.
Love it even though I'm enough of a snob to disagree with some of his points. Also at least a laugh a page.
Hilarious and informative. Now I know how to speak a little better.Published 7 months ago by Mike Ekim
Engaging and entertaining read for anyone who loves a good turn of phrase.Published 9 months ago by mshock
A wordie's delight. This is the 3rd of Bill Walsh's books on copy editing, the other two being "Lapsing Into a Comma" and "The Elephants of Style. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Annie M