The Globe and Mail Style Book, Ninth edition: A Guide to Language and Usage Paperback – Nov 11 2003
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Originally created to help writers and editors at the "Globe and Mail present clear, accurate, and concise stories, this comprehensive and entertaining style guide - now in a thoroughly revised new edition - has become a valued reference for anyone who works with words.
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First, one has to understand the purpose of this book: it is not a literary guide on how to write newsworthy articles; rather, it is point of reference for common, everyday issues that pop up when writing various texts. I purchased this book several years ago and still continue to refer to it on a bi-weekly basis, when presented with a question from one my colleagues or for my own personal use, when faced with a tricky point relating to grammar / capitalization / plurals. For example, it’s great to be able to make reference to this book and assert (with authority) that Federal Government (sic) should not have capitals – this happens more than you can imagine!
Second, the previous review does make one good point: the organization of the book is, let’s just say, special. Once you get the hang of it, you’ll certainly be able to find the required information in a flash; that said, initially, getting the right answer is nothing but trial and error. Thus, I just hope that they come out with a logical, 10th edition!
Bottom line: if you write a lot, this book can be invaluable!
Although I'm sure the definitions given could be helpful, and I understand the value of having a credible source for the definitions a professional writer has to go by, I felt the title was misleading for the layperson (it seems like it is supposed to be on how to write well) and that similar definitions as found in this "mini-dictionary" could easily be found online.
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