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How To: Choose a Style Guide | Copyediting.com

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Andrea Altenburg at Copyediting.com writes: “A style guide creates consistency for all writing, such as spelling and language.The benefit of adopting a style guide is that it puts guidelines in place to ensure consistency across all documents that go out the door.

I “grew up” with the Associated Press Stylebook because I started my career in newspapers, and that’s what newspapers usually use. According to Wikipedia, “The AP Stylebook is considered a newspaper industry standard and is also used by broadcasters, magazines and public relations firms. It includes an A-to-Z listing of guides to capitalization, abbreviation, spelling, numerals and usage.” This style guide also includes sections that reporters and editors might need: business guidelines, sports guidelines and style, photo caption rules, a chart of editing marks, and a briefing on media law. Read More

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ME o’ MY! Skip if you’re not a grammar geek

I emailed my husband about a trip I was considering to go visit my friend. I typed the sentence, “Would you want me to book you a ticket to join me or would you be OK with me going by myself?” Then I said to myself, “No, that’s not right. It should be ‘…MY going by myself’ … right?” Because it’s a gerund, the noun form of a verb made by adding “ing,” it should take a possessive subject, yes?

Dammit. I read something about this. It may not be wrong. (Cursing to self … can’t let it go … have to go look it up.) Read More