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THE ELEPHANTS OF STYLE
is an in-depth look at the basics of style in every sense of the word. What do writers and editors mean when they talk about style, anyway? Sometimes they mean formatting for consistency and clarity. (Is it Texas or Tex. or TX? One space or two after a period?) Sometimes they mean correctness in spelling, grammar, word usage and punctuation. (A historic or an historic? The data is or the data are?) And sometimes they mean style as in stylishness. (Bright and breezy or just-the-facts-ma'am? Is my cute little idea fresh and original or tired and silly?)

"Elephants" also addresses:

  • How and why major publications differ in their handling of basic spelling, capitalization and punctuation issues.
  • Balancing the traditional ("Once wrong, always wrong") with the progressive ("Everybody does it") as language continues to evolve.
  • How empathy between writers and editors can make writing better.

    "The Elephants of Style" includes a continuation of The Curmudgeon's Stylebook, my A-to-Z ("about" vs. "at about" to zero-percent financing) glossary of style matters big and small, which began in my first book, "Lapsing Into a Comma."

    (Note: The book is 238 pages, contrary to some online listings.)

  • See the full book jacket in Adobe Acrobat format (large).
    See the news release in Microsoft Word format.



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