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Rare is the style guide that a person--even a word person--would want to read cover to cover. But The Economist Style Guide, designed, as the book says, to promote good writing, is so witty and rigorous as to be irresistible. The book consists of three parts. The first is the Economist's style book, which acts as a position paper of sorts in favor of clear, concise, correct usage. The big no-noes listed in the book's introduction are: "Do not be stuffy.... Do not be hectoring or arrogant.... Do not be too pleased with yourself.... Do not be too chatty.... Do not be too didactic.... [And] do not be sloppy." Before even getting to the letter B, we are reminded that aggravate "means make worse, not irritate or annoy"; that an alibi "is the proven fact of being elsewhere, not a false explanation"; and that anarchy "means the complete absence of law or government. It may be harmonious or chaotic."

Part 2 of the book describes many of the spelling, grammar, and usage differences between British and American English. While many Briticisms are familiar to most Americans and vice versa, there are some words--such as homely, bomb, and table--that take on quite different meanings altogether when they cross the Atlantic. And part 3 offers a handy reference to such information as common business abbreviations, accountancy ratios, the Beaufort Scale, commodity-trade classifications, currencies, laws, measures, and stock-market indices. The U.S. reader should be aware (but not scared off by the fact) that some of the style issues addressed are specifically British. --Jane Steinberg

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This expanded tenth edition of the bestselling guide to style is based on the Economist's own updated 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 renowned. As the introduction says, 'clarity of writing usually follows clarity of thought.'

The Economist Style Guide gives general advice on writing, points out common errors and clichés, offers guidance on consistent use of punctuation, abbreviations and capital letters, and contains an exhaustive range of reference material - covering everything from accountancy ratios and stock market indices to laws of nature and science. Some of the numerous useful rules and common mistakes pointed out in the guide include:

·Which informs, that defines. This is the house that Jack built. But: This house, which Jack built, is now falling down.

·Discreet means circumspect or prudent; discrete means separate or distinct. Remember that "Questions are never indiscreet. Answers sometimes are" (Oscar Wilde).

·Flaunt means display, flout means disdain. If you flout this distinction you will flaunt your ignorance

·Forgo means do without; forego means go before.

·Fortuitous means accidental, not fortunate or well-timed.

·Times Take care.Three times more than X is four times as much as X.

·Full stops Use plenty. They keep sentences short. This helps the reader.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Look this up in your Funk & Wagnalls 5 août 2010
Par Mud Man - Publié sur
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Eriudite, concise and finely-pointed. The Economist is economical with words-and rich in meaning. If you following their style guide you can improve your writing. Their relentless focus is on maintaing clarity-yet they provide for the extra dimensions of nuance and allusion. Because is why you do something. Since refers to the time passed between the deed and now. The difference between expecting and anticipating is action: if Jack and Jill anticipate their marriage, only Jill may be expecting. This guide puts forth the rules and conventions that create the style that makes the Economist so readable, and it can make your dispatches better read as well.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Overpriced, but priceless advice 4 août 2013
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The prologue of this book must taken as creed by all who intend to write well. The rest of the book, however, borders on the common sense. If you have the money to spare, it should be bought only for it prologue, which should be memorized as psalm.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Valuable 4 novembre 2013
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I had to get this for school and it's really helpful. A lot of it is common sense but some of the referencing information is really valuable.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Some good information...but not organized well 14 décembre 2011
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This is a decent source of information. However, it isn't something I would recommend too strongly. It contains some valuable information to keep in mind as one writes. But, it is presented in an alphabetical format that doesn't quite fit.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Panders to imprecise linguistic conventions 29 avril 2011
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Unfortunately, the Economist Style Guide adopts some conventions that make language less precise, not more so.

For example, it discourages the use of commas in sentences that contain a series of items (a practice that introduces ambiguity into such sentences).

It exhorts

"Do not put a comma before and at the end of a sequence of items unless one of the items includes another and. Thus The doctor suggested an aspirin, half a grapefruit and a cup of broth. But he ordered scrambled eggs, whisky and soda, and a selection from the trolley."

This practice introduces ambiguity as to whether the last two items of a series are actually a grouped item (as is normally indicated by the conjunction "and") or whether they are two independent items in the series. Punctuation is meant to reduce ambiguity; this practice espoused by the Economist serves to increase ambiguity.

In short, this style guide often panders to language laziness and cultural conventions even when those conventions degrade linguistic precision. This lessens its worth as a style guide.
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