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5.0 out of 5 stars The Bible is Back, 20 Jun. 2011
This review is from: Waterhouse on Newspaper Style (Paperback)
Before Lynn Truss was a twinkle in her subeditor's eye, this was the absolute and undisputed bible for journos hacks and down table subs. No other manual was ever written with such wit and wisdom. No one (not even the great Gowers) ever made such sharp sense of our language. Too many daily papers today are produced by people with degrees and qualifiactions who do not make half so good a fist of things as anyone whose entire training was the minutes in the editor's office and the handing over of this first rate handbook. Spot any mistakes in my review if you are of the right generation.
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Initial post: 28 Jan 2014 21:23:36 GMT
Ypres says:
What are 'journos hacks'? 'Subeditor's' should be 'sub-editor's'. What does 'down table' mean? 'With such wit and wisdom' is a tired cliche. 'No one ever made such sharp sense of our language' is plain nonsense. And what is 'sharp sense'? 'Qualifiactions' is spelt 'qualifications'. 'Good fist of things' is another tired cliche. 'Whose entire training was the minutes in the editor's office - what on earth does that mean? I think you need to spend some time working out exactly what it is you're trying to say, and then say it as simply as possible, without trying to sound clever. OK? You did ask.

Posted on 2 Aug 2014 23:36:44 BDT
Douglas Wood says:
Wow! Ellie Sarah might at least have said "Touchee". I know there should be an acute accent on the first "e". Have you tried getting at them in Windows Vista?!

Douglas Wood
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