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The Economist Style Guide

4.02  ·  Rating Details ·  242 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
This revised and expanded ninth edition is based on The Economist's own house style manual and is a boon 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 Style Guide gives general advice on writing, points out common errors ...more
Hardcover, 250 pages
Published November 1st 2005 by Bloomberg Press (first published September 2nd 1993)
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Nicholas Whyte[return][return]Mandatory reading for those of us doing editing for a living, of course. Full of useful snippets and helpful hints, though I dare to disagree on a few points:[return][return]Dominicans Take care. Do they come from Dominica? Or the Dominican Republic? Or are they friars?[return][return]*Snerk!*[return][return]federalist in Britain, someone who believes in centralising the powers of associated states; in the United States and Europe, someone wh ...more
Christopher Intagliata
Oct 10, 2007 Christopher Intagliata rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: writers and journalists of all stripes
Hands down - the best style guide. Written in comedic fashion with irony that jumps off the page. Who wouldn't love a book that pokes fun at George Bush's scholastic abilities while explaining the difference in usage between 'may' and 'might'?

Also available in [almost] entirety online at
Fred Voon
Mar 09, 2016 Fred Voon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This guide takes the format of an extended glossary - no long essays so fairly easy to read. Quite a number of entries are bitingly funny. The prevailing tone also tends to be dogmatic and anti-American. To the book's discredit, the entry for Singaporean names is horribly misguided - the sole example given being 'Lee Kuan Yew'. And saying the Chinese language 'may be Mandarin or Cantonese' without elaboration is misleading if not inaccurate.
Gregor Erbach
Jan 08, 2012 Gregor Erbach rated it liked it
Shelves: reference, language
disappointing in some places - advocates short words and easy sentences, but does not follow this advice in the most complicated explanation of Ohm's law. On another page, Ohm is spelled as "öhm". I am surprised how much is left to the judgement of the writer, even in the areas of capitalization and punctuation.
Choong Chiat
Apr 15, 2011 Choong Chiat rated it liked it
An instructive, informative and useful guide book which is laced with the right amount of dry humour.

However, having a topical arrangement, especially for the first part of the book, would perhaps be better and more intuitive than the alphabetical arrangement used.
Fausto Betances
Great reference book for the professional and casual writer.

It has plenty of interesting grammar bits of importance for the writers at The Economist. It focuses on differences between British and American english.
Harry Fozzard
Oct 28, 2012 Harry Fozzard rated it liked it
Since we're constantly spewing content at #acme bpo consulting, we all have this one handy. Clear, fast and easy. No business writer should be without it.
Juliana Es
An ongoing reference.
Eric Stone
May 28, 2011 Eric Stone rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My favorite style guide, even useful in American English. Fun to read, witty, smart and very useful. Should be on every writer's desk.
Aug 02, 2012 Berra rated it it was amazing
The one and only
Tim Carter
Dec 30, 2013 Tim Carter rated it it was ok
Exactly my edition. This was okay to look up individual details back in time, nowadays I'd always look up these things online through Google search though
TK Keanini
Apr 09, 2007 TK Keanini rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reference
There are a few books I keep on hand when I am writing a whitepaper or statement of direction and this is one of them. Its small and well organized.
Jayaprakash Jegadeesan
Great reference book. use it to improve your writing. Obsessives can use it for emails too. Others to proof reading.
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Best grammar guide I've ever read.
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