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The Associated Press Guide To Punctuation

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About the Author

Jack Cappon has served as the AP Newsfeatures editor, the AP Managing Editor, and as the AP General News Editor. He is the author of The AP Guide to Newswriting, a well-worn and oft-referred-to primer for journalists on all rungs of the media ladder.
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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Basic Books (January 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738207853
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738207858
  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 0.2 x 7.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,570 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By J. Ott VINE VOICE on May 2, 2004
Format: Paperback
Written with lively and direct prose, Rene J. Cappon's guide to punctuation succeeds in being a useful resourse for the busy journalist. No reader need fear about getting bogged down in the finer points of periods. If such a situation threatens to occur, Capon is quick to suggest a workaround. This leaves the stickiest questions even stickier, a real prickle for someone as persnickety as me. But for the journalist, or journalism student, I heartily recommend it.
To those looking for a deeper understanding of punctuation, I caution against this slim tome. Organized into seventeen chapters by punctuation, some of them no more than a half of a page ('The Ampersand') and some as many as sixteen ('The Comma'), the AP GUIDE TO PUNCTUATION lacks the philosophical depth and historical background of recent bestseller EATS, SHOOTS, & LEAVES as well as the dry grammar books of days past. The examples, while fun, are not nearly as comprehensive as one expects in any book that bills itself as a reference.
By way of example, here is the entire entry for Irregular Plurals under 'The Apostrophe':
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Irregular plurals also take the apostrophe: <i>children's hour, women's rights, gentlemen's traditions, men's club</i>, and so do nouns that are the same in singular: <i>the single moose's antlers, the deer's track, the two corps' travels.</i> The apostrophe stays whether the meaning is singular or plural.
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No mention is made that it is preferable to disambiguate the singular and plural in such cases. Especially in journalistic writing, where clarity and simplicity are the twin grails of good style.
A dedicated journalist might prefer a true grammar of the English language or the complete and comprehensive AP STYLE BOOK. While they may be dry, they will certainly go a good deal further in answering the questions that arise in all aspects of writing.
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Format: Paperback
As a professional editor for nearly two decades, I heartily recommend this book. Cappon's writing is clear, funny, and creative, and he makes the nuances of punctuation memorable. His reasoning is logical, and his explanations and examples are very helpful. Interestingly, though this is an Associated Press publication, some of the style differs from the official A.P. Stylebook. So if A.P. is your background, be aware of this.
Cappon is a terrific writer, and anyone else who writes would benefit immensely from this lucid guide to punctuation.
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It appears that some fool edited the cautionary examples for correctness. (p. 34) The grammar is poor ("verboten" as a noun? (p. 85)), and the usage is non-standard (Commas are "trundled out"? (p.37)). Some passages are self-contradictory ("With Adjectives, p. 37).

This book is not a total disaster, but I can hardly recommend it.
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This is not a remedial book or a dense, scholarly book. It's an in-between kind of practical book that offers a lot of useful examples that you can quickly skim.

The chapter on commas alone is worth the price of the book. I'm not exaggerating when I say that this chapter alone will change your professional life.

Here's why: Many of us learned in first or second grade that a comma is a pause. The teacher told us this because we were new to the written word and, while scrawling our first sentences in unsteady handwriting, we had to be reminded incessantly to apply a period, a space and then a capital letter. I volunteer in elementary schools, so it's fresh in my mind how much children struggle to remember those seemingly arbitrary details.

Then, after we get that down, the teacher throws a new form of punctuation at us, the comma. We recoil and freak out a bit. The teacher says, "The period is a full stop and the comma is a pause." We relax a little and begin to apply the new punctuation mark.

Unfortunately, that's the last time anyone tells most of us anything about commas. Consequently, as grownups who now write professional documents, we apply commas willy-nilly whenever the voice inside our own head hears what could be identified as a pause.

Nooooo!

Every comma has a reason for being. Commas are not subjective. They are not pauses.

This book will clarify that for you, primarily through examples. (Hooray! *Finally*, your ambivalence and errors can be put to rest.)

I create and give writing and critical-thinking workshops, including a few different kinds related to copy editing. I use this book with my top students.
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This handy little book is a punctuation lifesaver for this retired newspaper writer who is now a book editor Yes, there are times you must check to be certain something is correct. This little guide by the computer is a must for me. Sometimes, after a lot of editing where you see things done incorrectly so much, you start doubting what's right. Well, at least I do. This book clears it all up in a jiffy. Easy to navigate and thin enough to be quick to check, it's perfect to have by your side as you work. Even if you are not a professional writer, this would be a perfect review guide. Students writing term papers could benefit from owning this handy little guide. I know. I used to be a teaching assistant and saw a lot of bad punctuation in some of those papers I had to correct. There are some things that spell-check just can't fix. This book will help. My favorite section is about the hyphen. This is a misused punctuation mark which is sometimes even left out completely when needed for compound modifiers. I highly recommend this book.
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