Lapsing Into a Comma

A Curmudgeon's Guide to the Many Things That Can Go Wrong in Print--and How to Avoid Them

Author: Bill Walsh

Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional

ISBN: 9780071389921

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 256

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No writer's or editor's desk is complete without a battered, page-bent copy of the AP Stylebook. However, this not-so-easy-to-use reference of journalistic style is often not up-to-date and leaves reporters and copyeditors unsatisfied. Bill Walsh, copy chief for the Washington Post's business desk, addresses these shortcomings in Lapsing into a Comma. In an opinionated, humorous, and yes, curmudgeonly way, he shows how to apply the basic rules to unique, modern grammar issues. Walsh explains how to deal with perplexing situations such as trendy words, foreign terms, and web speak.
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Yes, I Could Care Less

How to Be a Language Snob Without Being a Jerk

Author: Bill Walsh

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 1250006635

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 288

View: 1619

A lighthearted usage guide shares a latest treasury of language pet peeves and common grammatical mistakes.
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Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen

Author: Mary Norris

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393246604

Category: Reference

Page: 240

View: 9072

"Hilarious…This book charmed my socks off." —Patricia O’Conner, New York Times Book Review Mary Norris has spent more than three decades working in The New Yorker’s renowned copy department, helping to maintain its celebrated high standards. In Between You & Me, she brings her vast experience with grammar and usage, her good cheer and irreverence, and her finely sharpened pencils to help the rest of us in a boisterous language book as full of life as it is of practical advice. Named a Best Book of the Year by NPR, Amazon, Wall Street Journal, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, and Library Journal.
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Publish Your Family History

A Step­by­Step Guide to Writing the Stories of Your Ancestors

Author: Dina C Carson

Publisher: First Edition Design Pub.

ISBN: 1622878256

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 302

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If you have stories to share with your family, whether you have been researching a short time or a long time, this book will: * take you through the four stages of publishing projects * show you how publishing works * help you pick a project to publish * lead you through a research review to see what you have and what you still need to tell the stories in a compelling way * give you the skills to become a good storyteller * lead you through the process of editing * instruct you how to prepare your manuscript to look like it was professionally published and * help you spread the word that you have a book available Everything you need to write and publish your family history. Keywords: family history, genealogy, write a family history, write a genealogy, publish your family history, how to self-publish, book publishing, storytelling, book marketing, designing a book
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Editing Across Media

Content and Process for Print and Online Publication

Author: Ross F. Collins

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 1476602034

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 232

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Requirements for professional media editing have undergone enormous technological change. Editors still edit copy. But today they do much more. Mass media editors must demonstrate skills from computerized pagination to social media monitoring, from image manipulation to Search Engine Optimization. The need for editing skills is reaching far beyond traditional journalism and into all areas of mass media, from newspapers to strategic communication. Public relations practitioners are expected to edit. Even advertising creative professionals must edit. And journalists taking on new roles as social media editors need to understand editing at the speed of digital media. This textbook aims to prepare university-level students for these expanded editing roles in an age of convergence. Thirteen authors representing many years of collective media experience examine both traditional editing roles and new editing needs. While many mass media students will not become professional editors, this textbook assumes nearly all will need competent editing knowledge to produce products of professional quality. Editing, the authors believe, remains a bedrock skill for all students who hope to be successful in the mass media.
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Write Right!

A Desktop Digest of Punctuation, Grammar, and Style

Author: Jan Venolia

Publisher: Ten Speed Press

ISBN: 0307784185

Category: Reference

Page: 224

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The newest edition of Jan Venolia’s best-selling guide, Write Right! is an essential resource for writers with 500,000+ copies sold since publication. In this age of electronic correspondence and self-produced documents, we need a useful and reliable writing guide more than ever. Write Right! covers the essentials of good writing in a concise and easy-to-follow format. The new edition of this classic handbook takes you through the entire writing process, from understanding the parts of speech to constructing a correct sentence to fine-tuning the mechanics. And with clever drawings and amusing quotations to illustrate its points, Write Right! shows that language can be fun as well as an effective communication tool. Whether it's used to find a quick answer to a nagging question or to develop stronger writing skills, this handy reference is the ideal resource for writers of all levels. Includes a resource section with a list of helpful websites and a glossary to quickly define difficult terms. From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Things That Make Us (Sic)

The Society for the Promotion of Good Grammar Takes on Madison Avenue, Hollywood, the White House, and the World

Author: Martha Brockenbrough

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 9781429985420

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 272

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This book is for people who experience heartbreak over love notes with subject-verb disagreements...for anyone who's ever considered hanging up the phone on people who pepper their speech with such gems as "irregardless," "expresso," or "disorientated"...and for the earnest souls who wonder if it's "Woe is Me," or "Woe is I," or even "Woe am I." Martha Brockenbrough's Things That Make Us (Sic) is a laugh-out-loud guide to grammar and language, a snarkier American answer to Lynn Truss's runaway success, Eats, Shoots & Leaves. Brockenbrough is the founder of National Grammar Day and SPOGG -- the Society for the Promotion of Good Grammar -- and as serious as she is about proper usage, her voice is funny, irreverent, and never condescending. Things That Make Us (Sic) addresses common language stumbling stones such as evil twins, clichés, jargon, and flab, and offers all the spelling tips, hints, and rules that are fit to print. It's also hugely entertaining, with letters to high-profile language abusers, including David Hasselhoff, George W. Bush, and Canada's Maple Leafs [sic], as well as a letter to --and a reply from -- Her Majesty, the Queen of England. Brockenbrough has written a unique compendium combining letters, pop culture references, handy cheat sheets, rants, and historical references that is as helpful as it is hilarious.
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Junk English 2

Author: Ken Smith

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780922233274

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 136

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The author of Mental Hygiene and Ken's Guide to the Bible traces the damage done to English by infomercials and advertising, revealing those "junk" words, phrases, and tendencies that have made the language euphemistic and vague. Original.
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Word Court

Wherein verbal virtue is rewarded, crimes against the language are punished, and poetic justice is d

Author: Barbara Wallraff

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0544109937

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 384

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In 1993, the Atlantic Monthly's senior editor Barbara Wallraff began answering grammar questions on America Online. Instantaneously the site became one of AOL's most popular forums, as questions, and responses to Wallraff's responses, came flooding in. This vibrant exchange became the bimonthly "Word Court" in the Atlantic Monthly, and the "Miss Manners of Grammar" was born. In Word Court, Wallraff moves beyond her column to tackle common and uncommon items, establishing rules for such issues as turns of phrase, slang, name usage, punctuation, and newly coined vocabulary. With true wit, she deliberates and decides on the right path for lovers of language, ranging from classic questions-is "a historical" or "an historical" correct?-to awkward issues-How long does someone have to be dead before we should all stop calling her "the late"? Should you use "like" or "as"-and when? The result is a warmly humorous, reassuring, and brilliantly perceptive tour of how and why we speak the way we do.
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Bryson's Dictionary for Writers and Editors

Author: Bill Bryson

Publisher: Anchor

ISBN: 0767922700

Category: Reference

Page: 398

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The best-selling author of A Walk in the Woods presents a readable and informative overview of the English language and the complexities of spelling, capitalization, plurals, hyphens, abbreviations, and many other idiosyncratic quirks, irregularities, and problems of writing. 25,000 first printing.
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The Elephants of Style

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

Author: Bill Walsh

Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional

ISBN: 9780071442756

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 93

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Advice on good writing from everybody's favorite editorial curmudgeon Persnickety, cantankerous, opinionated, entertaining, hilarious, wise...these are a few of the adjectives reviewers used to describe good-writing maven Bill Walsh's previous book, Lapsing Into a Comma. Now, picking up where he left off in Lapsing, Walsh addresses the dozen or so biggest issues that every writer or editor must master. He also offers a trunkload of good advice on the many little things that add up to good writing. Featuring all the elements that made Lapsing such a fun read, including Walsh's trademark acerbic wit and fascinating digressions on language and its discontents, The Elephants of Style provides: Tips on how to tame the "elephants of style"--the most important, frequently confused elements of good writing More of Walsh's popular "Curmudgeon's Stylebook"--includes entries such as Snarky Specificity, Metaphors, Near and Far, Actually is the New Like, and other uses and misuses of language Expert advice for writers and editors on how to work together for best results
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Write from Life

Turning Your Personal Experiences Into Compelling Stories

Author: Meg Files

Publisher: Writers Digest Books

ISBN: 9781582971544

Category: Reference

Page: 244

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This title shows readers how to transfer their own experiences into finished pieces of fiction, nonfiction or poetry. Readers learn how to identify story-worthy material, conquer fears associated with personal exposure, determine a story's focus, shape the material into a cohesive whole and more.
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The New Well-tempered Sentence

A Punctuation Handbook for the Innocent, the Eager, and the Doomed

Author: Karen Elizabeth Gordon

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9780395628836

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 148

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The basic rules governing the use of periods, semicolons, hyphens, commas, and other punctuation marks are illustrated by humorous sentences
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The Nebuly Coat

Author: John Meade Falkner

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Musical fiction

Page: 372

View: 1170

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Grammar Snobs Are Great Big Meanies

A Guide to Language for Fun and Spite

Author: June Casagrande

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101221380

Category: Reference

Page: 224

View: 1941

What do suicidal pandas, doped-up rock stars, and a naked Pamela Anderson have in common? They’re all a heck of a lot more interesting than reading about predicate nominatives and hyphens. June Casagrande knows this and has invented a whole new twist on the grammar book. Grammar Snobs Are Great Big Meanies is a laugh-out-loud funny collection of anecdotes and essays on grammar and punctuation, as well as hilarious critiques of the self-appointed language experts. Chapters include: I’m Writing This While Naked—The Oh-So Steamy Predicate Nominative Semicolonoscopy—Colons, Semicolons, Dashes, and Other Probing Annoyances I’ll Take "I Feel Like a Moron" for $200, Alex—When to Put Punctuation Inside Quotation Marks Snobbery Up with Which You Should Not Put Up—Prepositions Is That a Dangler in Your Memo or Are You Just Glad to See Me? Hyphens—Life-Sucking, Mom-and-Apple-Pie-Hating, Mime-Loving, Nerd-Fight-Inciting Daggers of the Damned Casagrande delivers practical and fun language lessons not found anywhere else, demystifying the subject and taking it back from the snobs. In short, it’s a grammar book people will actually want to read—just for the fun of it.
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The Handbook of Good English

Author: Edward D. Johnson

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780816027118

Category: Education

Page: 427

View: 3806

A comprehensive, convenient guide to modern grammar, punctuation, usage, and style, with Johnson's lucid examples and explanations. A welcome feature is the combined glossary/index, alphabetically arranged to give instant answers to the most commonly asked questions about misused words, phrases, and
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They have a word for it

a lighthearted lexicon of untranslatable words & phrases

Author: Howard Rheingold

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780965080798

Category: Idioms

Page: 284

View: 1792

"... more than forty familiar and obscure languages to discover genuinely useful (rather than simply odd) words that can open up new ways of understanding and experiencing life"--P. [4] of cover.
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The Great Typo Hunt

Two Friends Changing the World, One Correction at a Time

Author: Jeff Deck,Benjamin D. Herson

Publisher: Broadway

ISBN: 0307591085

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 269

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A lively account of the authors' haphazard cross-country effort to correct spelling and punctuation errors displayed on public signs relates how they discovered underlying truths about America's educational history and racial heritage.
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A Dictionary of English Synonymes and Synonymous Or Parallel Expressions Designed As a Practical Guide to Aptness and Variety of Phraseology

Author: Richard Soule

Publisher: Hardpress Publishing

ISBN: N.A

Category: English language

Page: 456

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Unlike some other reproductions of classic texts (1) We have not used OCR(Optical Character Recognition), as this leads to bad quality books with introduced typos. (2) In books where there are images such as portraits, maps, sketches etc We have endeavoured to keep the quality of these images, so they represent accurately the original artefact. Although occasionally there may be certain imperfections with these old texts, we feel they deserve to be made available for future generations to enjoy.
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