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Description - The Elephants of Style by Bill Walsh

A follow-up to Bill Walsh's first book, Lapsing Into a Comma, which has found an appreciative and steady audience and has gained a foothold online, in several catalogs, on many recommended reading lists on the Web, and even on college syllabuses. As Bill points out, there is an infinite number of things to address when you're talking about writing, so Elephants will continue where Lapsing left off, addressing first the biggest, most important, frequently-confused items - the elephants - and then the less crucial but fascinating points about language that make reading Walsh's books so much fun. Fun for people who love words is really the point of Bill Walsh's book and his popular website, The Slot. Readers pick up Bill's books to look up a point, but they find themselves reading on just because his style is so engaging and his opinions so interesting. Elephants of Style includes three parts: Part One cover the top dozen issues that every writer and editor must master. Part Two continue's Bill's popular "Curmudgeon's Stylebook," covering such topics as "Snarky Specificity," "Metaphors, Near and Far," and "Actually is the new like." Part Three provides advice for writers and editors on how to work together for the best results.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780071422680
ISBN-10: 0071422684
Format: Paperback
(208mm x 140mm x 15mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: McGraw-Hill Professional
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education - Europe
Publish Date: 1-Mar-2004
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Bill Walsh

Bill Walsh is the copy chief for national news at the Washington Post and the creator of the popular Web site The Slot: A Spot for Copy Editors ( He lives in Washington, D.C.

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