The Elephants of Style
By Walsh, Bill

Advice on good writing from everybody's favorite editorial curmudgeon

Persnickety, cantankerous, opinionated, entertaining, hilarious, wise...these are a few of the adjectives reviewers used to describe good-writing maven Bill Walsh's previous book, Lapsing Into a Comma. Now, picking up where he left off in Lapsing, Walsh addresses the dozen or so biggest issues that every writer or editor must master. He also offers a trunkload of good advice on the many little things that add up to good writing. Featuring all the elements that made Lapsing such a fun read, including Walsh's trademark acerbic wit and fascinating digressions on language and its discontents, The Elephants of Style provides:

  • Tips on how to tame the "elephants of style"--the most important, frequently confused elements of good writing
  • More of Walsh's popular "Curmudgeon's Stylebook"--includes entries such as Snarky Specificity, Metaphors, Near and Far, Actually is the New Like, and other uses and misuses of language
  • Expert advice for writers and editors on how to work together for best results


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Author Biography

Bill Walsh (Washington, DC) is copy chief for the Washington Post Business Desk and the creator of the highly popular website The Slot: A Spot for Copyeditors.


The Elephants of Style
Author(s): Walsh, Bill
ISBN: 0071442758
DOI: 10.1036/0071442758

Format: eBook, 93 pages.
Pub date: 1 Apr 2004
Copyright: 2004
$16.95 US
Product Line: McGraw-Hill

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