ISBN-10:
0809225352
ISBN-13:
9780809225354
Pub. Date:
05/01/2000
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
Lapsing into a Comma : A Curmudgeon's Guide to the Many Things That Can Go Wrong in Print--and how to Avoid Them / Edition 1

Lapsing into a Comma : A Curmudgeon's Guide to the Many Things That Can Go Wrong in Print--and how to Avoid Them / Edition 1

by Bill Walsh

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Overview

Lapsing into a Comma : A Curmudgeon's Guide to the Many Things That Can Go Wrong in Print--and how to Avoid Them / Edition 1

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780809225354
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
Publication date: 05/01/2000
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 318,472
Product dimensions: 7.10(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.51(d)

About the Author

Bill Walsh is the copy chief for the Washington Post's business desk. He also runs a website, www.theslot.com, where he answers questions about style and grammar.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction

1.   Beyond Search and Replace
     
Using Your Head as Well as Your Stylebook

2.   You Could Look It Up!
     
How to Use a Dictionary With Style

3.   Holding The(Virtual) Fort
     
Disturbing Trends in the Information Age
  
     
Arbitrary Capitalization
      Call It UNINATI

4.   Literally Speaking
    
Write What You Mean, Mean What You Write

5.   Giving 110 Percent
    
Why You Needed Those Math Classes After All

6.   Matters of Sensitivity
     
Correctness, Political and Otherwise      
   
     
Dirty Mind, Clean Copy

7.   He Said, She Said
     
Quotations in the News

     
"It Is I," Said the Fullback

8.   The Big Type
    
Headlines and Captains

9.   Dash It All, Period
    
The Finer Points of Punctuation

10. 
The Curmudgeon's Stylebook
      
Details, Details

      
"The 5" Habits of Highly Hollywood People
        Infinitives
        Sloppy Similes
        Moniker Lewinsky
        The "The": Put That Down!
        I'm a Member of the Media, but I'm Not A Medium
        Retronyms, or Sometimes a Muffin Is Just A Muffin
        Passive Aggression

Index

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Frank Mankiewicz

An extraordinarily useful guide for any writer. Bill Walsh is a stylist with a sense of humor, a rare commodity these days.Frank Mankiewicz, Former President, National Public Radio

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