The Economist Style Guide (9th Edition)
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The Economist Style Guide is as essential to have and use as a dictionary, but is much more interesting.
This new edition of the bestselling guide to style (over 1/2 million copies sold worldwide) is based on The Economist's own 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 famous.
This guide gives general advice on writing, points out common errors and clichés, offers guidance on the proper use of punctuation, abbreviations and capital letters, and contains an exhaustive range of reference material, covering everything from accountancy ratios and stockmarket indices to laws of nature, science and economics. Also included is a special section on the differences between British English and American English.
An essential book for anyone who writes reports, articles, books, letters or memoranda, The Economist Style Guide will enlighten, educate and amuse.
should continue to do so. But editing on a screen is beguilingly simple. It is quite easy to rewrite an article without realising that one has done much to it at all: the cursor leaves no trace of crossings-out, handwritten insertions, rearranged sentences or reordered paragraphs. The temptation is to continue to make changes until something emerges that the editor himself might have written. One benefit of this is a tightly edited newspaper. One cost is a certain sameness. The risk is that the
Latin absent is a verb meaning they are away. In English it is either an adjective (absent friends) or a verb (to absent yourself). It is not a preposition meaning in the absence of. accents On words now accepted as English, use accents only when they make a crucial difference to pronunciation: café cliché communiqué exposé façade soupçon But: chateau decor elite feted naive The main accents and diacritical signs are: acute grave circumflex umlaut cedilla tilde 10 république grand’mère bête
the new year varies, but normally falls in the second half of September in the Gregorian calendar; the position is maintained by sometimes adding an extra period of 29 days, Adar Sheni, following the month of Adar. Muslim calendar Muslims use a lunar calendar which begins 10 or 11 days earlier each year in terms of the Gregorian. The months, whose names follow, do not have a fixed number of days. In each 30 years, 19 years have 354 days (are “common”) and 11 have 355 days (are “intercalary”).
mention, the House of Commons (or Lords, or Representatives) becomes the House. 7 Acts In America acts given the names of their sponsors (eg, GlassSteagall, Helms-Burton) are always rough descriptions (see above) and so take a lower-case act. people 1 Ranks and titles Use upper case when written in conjunction with a name, but lower case when on their own: Colonel Qaddafi, but the colonel Pope John Paul, but the pope President Bush, but the president Queen Elizabeth, but the queen Vice-President
not so. Cassandra Do not use Cassandra just as a synonym for a prophet of doom. The most notable characteristic about her was that her predictions were always correct but never believed. catalyst A catalyst is something that speeds up a chemical reaction while itself remaining unchanged. Do not confuse it with one of the agents. Central Asian names see names. centred on not around or in. challenge Although duels and gauntlets have largely disappeared into 31 part 1: the essence of style