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Wired Style: Principles of English Usage in the Digital Age Paperback – Nov 1999


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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Broadway Books; Rev Upd edition (Nov 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0767903722
  • ISBN-13: 978-0767903721
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.3 x 20.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,838,684 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The digital revolution is dramatically altering the English language, and the entire English-speaking world is baffled by the usage issues that have emerged. This text introduces ten principles to deal with current and future usage issues. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 July 1997
Format: Hardcover
This is THE worst book of all time. Half of the definitions are useless (ie. nintendo, game, etc). The other half are mostly all poorly defined. Even if you wanted to find a definition for something it would be impossible because for some reason they group certain terms into lots of different chapters so you never know where something is, like what section would crt be in, Be Elite, Screw the Rules, G Gloabl. Trust me and the other people that have written about this book, don't buy it ever. Buy a good computer dictionary and your set (ie. Dictionary of Internet and Computer Terms ($15) or Cyber Dictionary ($22) or anything except for Wired Style, I encourage anyone who has seen this book to write about how poor this book is and people that don't believe us or are going to buy it, go to your library and rent it first and you'll see.
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Format: Hardcover
Oh, hurray, the Strunk & White of the '90's. Or is it the Strunk & White of 1997? January of '97? January 13th? At noon? In New York City?
I don't know who Constance whatever is, but I seriously doubt if the insights of a few years' experience (at a magazine admittedly as close to perfection as any human organism can aspire to be) monitoring the invention of a new slang has provided her (or would anyone) with Strunk's and White's collective credentials, and I doubt if even the role of arbiter gabblarum at Wired instantly qualifies anyone's edicts with weight commensurate with a book that has been singled out through generations of evaluation, testing, and review. Both the quality of the book and the thoroughness of the process of recognizing it have contributed to the preeminence of Strunk & White. They earned their place; let's not fawn over the self-important punks trying to snatch it away.
Cancelbunny. How fullythinkful.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 Jan 1998
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book from Amazon.com on the advice of a good friend who writes technical support manuals for a software company; I figured it was a sure bet. I wish now that I had read the reviews before I clicked "Add this to your shopping cart."
What a *perfect* example of style over substance -- and a style attempting to imitate that of _The Chicago Manual of Style_, at that (nice touch with the orange cover, kids...). This is really nothing more than a glorified glossary of terms with kicky packaging and hard-to-read pages. It's a magazine article about Internet/Web jargon on both steroids *and* acid. I expected much more in terms of content and guidance and I was sorely disappointed. I hope Amazon.com's return policy is as straightforward as it seems.
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