Lapsing Into a Comma: A Curmudgeon's Guide to the Many Things That Can Go Wrong in Print--and How to Avoid Them

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McGraw-Hill Education, May 22, 2000 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 256 pages
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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.

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User Review  - TJWilson - LibraryThing

Bill has very sensible stylistic rules. Definitely a book created out of need: a pinnacle of frustrated copy-editing. A good book to have next to you if you are writing something in the journalistic form. Read full review

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User Review  - Harish Puvvula - Goodreads

Excellent information. I find it indispensable. Serves both as a textbook and a reference. I loved the section on quotes. Never knew case and punctuation matters so much within quotation marks Read full review

Contents

You COULD LOOK IT
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HOLDING THE VIRTUAL FORT
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LITERALLY SPEAKING
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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.

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