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  Lapsing Into a Comma
T A B L E   O F   C O N T E N T S

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

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

CHAPTER 3
Holding The (Virtual) Fort
Disturbing Trends in the Information Age
   
  • Arbitrary Capitalization: After playing Chess, let's have a Turkey Sandwich
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  • Call It UNINATI: The United Nations' initial assault on the language
  • CHAPTER 4
    Literally Speaking
    Write What You Mean, Mean What You Write

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

    CHAPTER 6
    Matters of Sensitivity
    Correctness, Political and Otherwise
       
  • Dirty Mind, Clean Copy: Why every copy desk could use a 13-year-old boy
  • CHAPTER 7
    He Said, She Said
    Quotations in the News
       
  • "It Is I," Said the Fullback: "Correcting" Quotes Is Incorrect
  • CHAPTER 8
    The Big Type
    Headlines and Captions

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

    CHAPTER 10
    The Curmudgeon's Stylebook
    Details, Details
       
  • "The 5" Habits of Highly Hollywood People: Interstate highways carry an intrastate regionalism
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  • Infinitives: Split away!
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  • Sloppy Similes: Why does Paul McCartney want me to live on his piano?
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  • Moniker Lewinsky: Middle initials sometimes get in the way of common sense
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  • The "The": Put That Down! Know an article's rightful owner before you decide whether to capitalize
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  • I'm a Member of the Media, but I'm Not a Medium: "Media" isn't always plural, no matter what you've been taught
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  • Retronyms, or Sometimes a Muffin Is Just a Muffin: Technology's march adds clarifying adjectives to formerly clear terms
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  • Passive Aggression: The active voice is overrated

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