The Economist Style Guide

The Economist Style Guide

eBook - 2015 | 11th edition
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Baker & Taylor
An expanded and updated manual of style used in-house at The Economist provides guidance on using correct grammar, punctuation, abbreviation and capitalizations and on the overall promotion of writing with clarity and precision. Original.

Perseus Publishing
This expanded twelfth edition of the bestselling guide to style is based on the Economist's own updated house style manual, and is an invaluable companion for everyone who wants to communicate with the clarity, style and precision for which the Economist is renowned.

As the introduction says, 'clarity of writing usually follows clarity of thought.'
The Economist Style Guide gives general advice on writing, points out common errors and clich?s, offers guidance on consistent use of punctuation, abbreviations and capital letters, and contains an exhaustive range of reference material - covering everything from accountancy ratios and stock market indices to laws of nature and science.
Some of the numerous useful rules and common mistakes pointed out in the guide include:
*Which informs, that defines. This is the house that Jack built. But: This house, which Jack built, is now falling down.
  • Discreet means circumspect or prudent; discrete means separate or distinct. Remember that "Questions are never indiscreet. Answers sometimes are" (Oscar Wilde).
  • Flaunt means display, flout means disdain. If you flout this distinction you will flaunt your ignorance
  • Forgo means do without; forego means go before.
  • Fortuitous means accidental, not fortunate or well-timed.
  • Times: Take care. Three times more than X is four times as much as X.
  • Full stops: Use plenty. They keep sentences short. This helps the reader.

Publisher: New York : PublicAffairs, 2015
Edition: 11th edition
ISBN: 9781610395755 (electronic bk.)
1610395751 (electronic bk.)
Branch Call Number: eBOOK 808.027 ECO
Characteristics: 1 online resource (vi, 280 pages)
Additional Contributors: Wroe, Ann - Editor
Alternative Title: Style guide


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