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The Economist Style Guide [Paperback]

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5 April 2012 Economist

This expanded tenth 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 clichés, 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.

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Economist Books; 10 edition (5 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846686067
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846686061
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 21.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,089 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The best selling guide to English usage, now in paperback.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic reference guide 26 Jun 2013
By Amity
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Indispensable if you're writing for a living and lots of fun even if you're not. Book was produced as the house style guide for writers at the Economist. Covers things like when to use an Oxford Comma or when to hyphenate and what to capitalise, etc.

I think I'll be referring to it for many years to come.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A recommended guide for editors 8 Sep 2012
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I've subscribed to The Economist for many years. One of the things I admire is the care taken to achieve "house style". So when I got the job of editing our pensioners' newsletter I wanted some handy reference book that would help achieve literary consistency etc. The Style Guide fulfills this role admirably. Part 1 - the essence of style - is the section that I find most useful, rather less so parts 2 and 3 (American vs British English and the reference section). It can be a bit difficult to find something (when you know it's in there) so the overall index is helpful.

(And some of the entries are quite humerous.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must if you take on editor duties! 22 April 2014
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Having been subject to a progressive 70's education in the UK and schooling in the rural US I needed some reassurance when taking up duties as editor of a specialist medical society newsletter.

Definitely fulfills its role. Good guidance for clear writing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Useful for work 12 May 2014
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Needed to buy this for a client's work - polishing website text. It's set out clearly, not too bogged down in unnecessary waffle and is perfect for my needs.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not great 14 Feb 2014
Make no mistake, most people could improve their writing no end by following the rules in this guide. On the other hand "The Economist" is one of the most heavily edited English-language newspapers. One of the reasons for that is to make sure that the English is clear for an international readership not all of which has English as a mother-tongue. Consequently this guide has a number of idiosyncrasies. Arguably the Chicago Manual of Style is the better source.
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