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

ISBN-10: 0071422684
ISBN-13: 9780071422680
Edition: 2004
Authors: Bill Walsh
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Description: More curmudgeonly but humorous advice on good writing from the author of 'Lapsing into a Comma', this volume picks up where 'Lapsing' left off & continues the quest for good style.

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List price: $18.00
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
Publication date: 3/25/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.968
Language: English

More curmudgeonly but humorous advice on good writing from the author of 'Lapsing into a Comma', this volume picks up where 'Lapsing' left off & continues the quest for good style.

Acknowledgments
Introduction: What We Talk About When We Talk About Style
Remember That You're Not Using a Typewriter: Style Begins With Form and Format
Also, Remember That You're in the United States
Letters of the Law: Common Missteps in Spelling
What's Up?: All About Capitalization
Everything's Generic
What's in a nAME?
What to Abbrev.? The Short and Shorter of Truncations, Acronyms and Initialisms
Initial Reactions and Second Thoughts (IRAST)
Which One Is Right Again? A Quick Review of Problem Pairs (and Trios and ...)
Lies Your English Teacher Told You: The Big Myths of English Usage
Some Gray Areas: Proceed With Caution
Agreed? Making Sure the Parts of Speech Get Along
Cover Your S: Possessives and Plurals
A Number of Problems: Counting on 100 Percent Correctness
The Adventures of Curly and Stitch: The Comma, the Hyphen, the Headaches
Flair! Elan! Panache! A Few Potshots About Style-With-a-Capital-S
Colors Are Pretty, but How About Just Giving It to Me in Black and White?
What Is, Is: Can't Argue With That
The Spin Wins: Great Moments in Obfuscation
Madam Chairman and That Friggin' Masseuse: Taking Linguistic Evolution Like a "-man"
Writers, Typists, Thieves and Liars: Plagiarism and Its Kin
Writing and Rewriting: A Writer-Turned-Editor Writes About Editing and Being Edited
From From to To: Everything's Ranging
Snarky Specificity
Literal and Conservative: George Washington Wasn't Really Our Father
The Curmudgeon's Stylebook (Continued): A Web FAQ
Bibliography
Index

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