Lapsing Into a Comma

Author: Bill Walsh
Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional
ISBN: 007138992X
Release Date: 2000-05-22
Genre: Business & Economics

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.

Yes I Could Care Less

Author: Bill Walsh
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 9781250006639
Release Date: 2013-06-18
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

A lighthearted usage guide shares a latest treasury of language pet peeves and common grammatical mistakes.

Between You Me Confessions of a Comma Queen

Author: Mary Norris
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 9780393246605
Release Date: 2015-04-06
Genre: Reference

"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.

Publish Your Family History

Author: Dina C Carson
Publisher: First Edition Design Pub.
ISBN: 9781622878253
Release Date: 2015-01-23
Genre: Family & Relationships

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

Nude Mice

Author: Cynthia L. Kryder MS Ccisp
Publisher: Accidental Medical Writer
ISBN: 9781601457431
Release Date: 2009-03-01
Genre: Business & Economics

The field of biomedical communications is filled with jargon that can confuse even seasoned medical writers. Nude Mice is a comprehensive resource that demystifies complex medical jargon so that medical writers can write accurate text for any audience, any time.

Write Right

Author: Jan Venolia
Publisher: Ten Speed Press
ISBN: 9780307784186
Release Date: 2011-02-09
Genre: Reference

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.

Things That Make Us Sic

Author: Martha Brockenbrough
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 1429985429
Release Date: 2008-10-14
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

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.

Junk English 2

Author: Ken Smith
Publisher:
ISBN: 0922233276
Release Date: 2004-10-01
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

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.

Word Court

Author: Barbara Wallraff
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 9780544109933
Release Date: 2012-09-24
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

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.

The Elephants of Style

Author: Bill Walsh
Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional
ISBN: 0071442758
Release Date: 2004-04-22
Genre: Business & Economics

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

Usage and Abusage

Author: Eric Partridge
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0393317099
Release Date: 1997
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

Partridge's classic guidelines for writing standard English and explanations of usage differences are updated for the nineties with articles on sexism and vogue words

Grammar Snobs Are Great Big Meanies

Author: June Casagrande
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781101221389
Release Date: 2006-03-28
Genre: Reference

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.

The New Well tempered Sentence

Author: Karen Elizabeth Gordon
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 0395628830
Release Date: 1993
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

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

Grammar Girl s 101 Misused Words You ll Never Confuse Again

Author: Mignon Fogarty
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
ISBN: 1429940573
Release Date: 2011-07-05
Genre: Reference

Millions of people around the world communicate better thanks to Mignon Fogarty, aka Grammar Girl, whose top-rated weekly grammar podcast has been downloaded more than 30 million times. After realizing her fans were asking the same questions over and over, Mignon decided to focus her attention on those words that continuously confound the masses. In Grammar Girl's 101 Misused Words You'll Never Confuse Again, you'll learn: - When you should use affect and when effect is right- Whether you should you say purposely or purposefully- The difference between hilarious and hystericalPacked with clear explanations, fun quotations showing the word used in context, and the quick and dirty memory tricks Mignon is known for, this friendly reference guide ends the confusion once and for all and helps you speak and write with confidence.