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The Elephants of Style by Bill  Walsh
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Sep 04, 10

This was a required read for my nephew's English class, and I was able to borrow it and breeze through in one night. This book has lots of the same stuff I usually find in these grammar/style guides, but it's presented with some wit and humor. Unfortunately, I think much of the humor went over my nephew's head. ;) Here's an example: Unless you're writing an ultraformal adademic paper or want to communicate the idea that you're very, very constipated, don't strain to avoid contractions.

I did find the discussion on various stylebooks (AP vs. Chicago Manual) very interesting, as well as the information on how to handle some of the unconventional capitilazation issues found on the Internet these days.
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