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The Elephants of Style
A Trunkload of Tips on the Big Issues and Gray Areas of Contemporary American English

Walsh, Bill
Publisher:  McGraw-Hill
Year Published:  2004  
Pages:  238pp   Price:  $21.95   ISBN:  0-07-142268-4
Book Type:  Handbooks/Manuals

Resource Type:  Book

Opinionated commentary on American English in the computer age.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

Introduction
What We Talk About When We Talk About Style

ELEPHANT NO.1
REMEMBER THAT YOU'RE NOT USING A TYPEWRITER
Style Begins With Form and Format

Also, Remember That You're in the United States

ELEPHANT NO.2
LETTERS OF THE LAW
Common Missteps in Spelling

ELEPHANT NO 3.
WHAT'S UP?
All About Capitalization

Everything's Generic
What's in a nAME?

ELEPHANT NO 4.
WHAT TO ABBREV.?
The Short and Shorter of Truncations, Acronyms and Initialisms
Initial Reactions and Second Thoughts (IRAST)

ELEPHANT NO 5.
WHICH ONE IS RIGHT AGAIN?
A quick Review of Problem Pairs (and Trios and …)

ELEPHANT NO 6.
LIES YOUR ENGLISH TEACHER TOLD YOU
The Big Myths of English Usage

ELEPHANT NO 7.
SOME GRAY AREAS
Proceed With Caution

ELEPHANT NO 8.
AGREED?
Making Sure the Parts of Speech Get Along

ELEPHANT NO 9.
COVER YOUR S
Possessives and Plurals

ELEPHANT NO 10.
A NUMBER OF PROBLEMS
Counting on 100 Percent Correctness

ELEPHANT NO 11.
THE ADVENTURES OF CURLY AND STITCH
The Comma, the Hyphen, the Headaches

ELEPHANT NO 12.
FLAIR! ELAN! PANACHE!
A Few Potshots About Style-With-a-Capital-S

Colors Are Pretty, but How About Just Giving It to Me in Black and White?
What Is, Is: Can't Argue With That
The Spin Wins: Great Moments in Obfuscation
Madam Chairman and That Friggin' Masseuse: Taking Linguistic Evolution Like a "-man"

ELEPHANT NO 13.
WRITERS, TYPISTS, THIEVES AND LIARS
Plagiarism and Its Kin

ELEPHANT NO 14.
WRITING AND REWRITING
A Writer-Turned-Editor Writes About Editing and Being Edited

From From to To: Everything's Ranging
Snarky Specificity
Literal and Conservative: George Washington Wasn't Really Our Father

THE CURMEDGEON'S STYLEBOOK (CONTINUED)
A Web FAQ

BIBLIOGRAPHY

INDEX

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