The New York Times Manual of Style and Usage, Revised and Expanded Edition

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Is the deejay a wannabe?
Or does the D.J. just want to be?
When is heaven capitalized?
Do you stand in line or on line?

For anyone who writes—short stories or business plans, book reports or news articles—knotty choices of spelling, grammar, punctuation, and meaning lurk in every line: Lay or lie? Who or whom? None is or none are? Is Touch-Tone a trademark? How about Day-Glo?...

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Overview

Is the deejay a wannabe?
Or does the D.J. just want to be?
When is heaven capitalized?
Do you stand in line or on line?

For anyone who writes—short stories or business plans, book reports or news articles—knotty choices of spelling, grammar, punctuation, and meaning lurk in every line: Lay or lie? Who or whom? None is or none are? Is Touch-Tone a trademark? How about Day-Glo? It’s enough to send you in search of a Martini. (Or is that a martini?) Now everyone can find answers to these and thousands of other questions in the handy alphabetical guide used by the writers and editors of the world’s most authoritative newspaper.

The guidelines to hyphenation, punctuation, capitalization, and spelling are crisp and compact, created for instant reference in the rush of daily deadlines. This revised and expanded edition is updated with solutions to the tantalizing problems that plague writers in the new century:

* How to express the equality of the sexes without using self-conscious devices like “he or she.”
* How to choose thoughtfully between African-American and black; Hispanic and Latino; American Indian and Native American.
* How to translate the vocabulary of e-mail and cyberspace and cope with the eccentricities of Internet company names and website addresses.

With wry wit, the authors, who have more than seventy-five years of combined newsroom experience at the New York Times, have created an essential and entertaining reference tool.

"...employs self-indexing, alphabetical arrangement of entries for easy access...includes important tips on punctuation, foreign spellings, and preferred usage...an invaluable reference for anyone working with words."

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This style guide from the newspaper of record gives invaluable guidelines on common quandries (who or whom?) as well as grappling with new style issues arising from the Internet age.
Library Journal
This is an updated version of the style guide used by the writers and editors of the New York Times. (The last edition came out in 1982.) Aimed primarily at newspaper writers, it is written in dictionary format and covers a very broad range of style and usage topics, including abbreviations, city names, capitalizations, compound forms, numbers, and updated language preferences. It also includes special style changes and exceptions for headline writers. Everyone who wants to write for a newspaper will want this book, as its approach is fairly universal. It will also answer many reference questions and is fun to browse. Recommended for public and academic libraries.--Lisa J. Cihlar, Monroe P.L., WI Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780812963892
  • Publisher: Crown/Archetype
  • Publication date: 1/2/2002
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 310,004
  • Product dimensions: 6.11 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Meet the Author

ALLAN M. SIEGAL joined the New York Times in 1960. He has overseen usage and style at the Times since 1977. After working as an editor on the foreign desk and heading the news desk, he became an assistant managing editor in 1986. WILLIAM G. CONNOLLY joined the Times in 1966 and has held editing posts on the foreign, national, and metropolitan desks, The New York Times Magazine, Science Times, The Week in Review, and the Real Estate section. He became a senior editor in 1987.

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