The Elephants of Style
A Trunkload of Tips on the Big Issues and Gray Areas of Contemporary American English
By Bill Walsh
(McGraw-Hill Companies, Paperback, 9780071422680, 238pp.)
Publication Date: March 2004
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Advice on good writing from everybody's favorite editorial curmudgeon
Persnickety, cantankerous, opinionated, entertaining, hilarious, wise...these are a few of the adjectives reviewers used to describe good-writing maven Bill Walsh's previous book, "Lapsing Into a Comma." Now, picking up where he left off in "Lapsing," Walsh addresses the dozen or so biggest issues that every writer or editor must master. He also offers a trunkload of good advice on the many little things that add up to good writing. Featuring all the elements that made "Lapsing "such a fun read, including Walsh's trademark acerbic wit and fascinating digressions on language and its discontents, "The Elephants of Style "provides: Tips on how to tame the "elephants of style"--the most important, frequently confused elements of good writing More of Walsh's popular "Curmudgeon's Stylebook"--includes entries such as Snarky Specificity, Metaphors, Near and Far, Actually is the New Like, and other uses and misuses of language Expert advice for writers and editors on how to work together for best results