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.
You're no idiot, of course. You've probably written your share of book reports, term papers, e-mails, and thank you notes. The rules of writing can be confusing, however, and might result in final drafts riddled with gaffes, typos, and errors
The Complete Idiot's Guide(r) to Grammar and Style, Second Edition, will take you step by step through the basics of spelling, punctuation, and sentence formation to help you become an effective communicator of the written word In this revised and updated Complete Idiot's Guide(r), you get:
Explanations of writing styles including exposition, narration, argumentation, and description.
Definitions of such writing mistakes as dangling modifiers, mixed metaphors, and split infinitives and how to avoid them.
Examples of model documents such as resumes, cover letters, and thank you notes.
The differences between drafting a business letter and crafting a personal one."
Playful and practical, this is the style book you can't wait to use, a guide that addresses classic questions of English usage with wit and the blackest of humor. Black-and-white illustrations throughout.
The style of the Associated Press is the gold standard for news writing. With "The AP Stylebook" in hand, you can learn how to write and edit with the clarity and professionalism for which they are famous. Fully revised and updated, this new edition contains more than 3,000 A to Z entries including more than 200 new ones detailing the AP s rules on grammar, spelling, punctuation, capitalization, abbreviation, and word and numeral usage. You ll find answers to such wide-ranging questions as: . When should the names of government bodies be spelled out and when should they be abbreviated?. What are the general definitions of the major religious movements?. Which companies do the big media conglomerates own?. Who are all the members of the British Commonwealth?. How should box scores for baseball games be filed?. What constitutes fair use ?. What exactly does the Freedom of Information Act cover?With invaluable additional sections on the unique guidelines for business and sports reporting and on how you can guard against libel and copyright infringement, "The AP Stylebook" is the one reference that all writers, editors, and students cannot afford to be without."
Ward Farnsworth details the timeless principles of rhetoric that have held good from Ancient Greece to the present day, drawing on examples in the English language of consummate masters of prose, such as Lincoln, Churchill, Dickens, Melville, Burke & Pain.
A LIVELY, WITTY, AND PASSIONATE CELEBRATION OF THE "LITTLE BOOK" THAT HAS DONE MORE TO SHAPE WRITING IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE THAN ANY OTHER GUIDE IN MODERN TIMES
Since 1959, "The Elements of Style" has been required reading for aspiring writers, English majors, and anyone with a love of language. Strunk and White's guidelines for good grammar and style have been discussed, debated, and occasionally even debunked...but they cannot be dismissed.
A Strunk and White devotee since high school, writer and editor Mark Garvey has long appreciated "Elements" for its character, its attitude, and its bracing good sense. The book is not only a helpful guide to creating better prose, it is also a compelling reminder of the virtues of clarity, simplicity, and truth in writing -- and an inspiring celebration of the individual voice. To tell the story of this timeless, beloved, sometimes controversial book, and the men behind it, Garvey digs deep into the Cornell University archives and the personal letters of E. B. White and his professor William Strunk Jr.
"Stylized" is a lovingly crafted history that explores "Elements'" staying power and takes us from the hallowed halls of academia to the bustling offices of "The New Yorker" magazine to the dazzling days of old Hollywood -- and into the hearts and minds of some of the most respected writers working today.