Wonderful new book

for punctuation freaks

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10/11/2003 at 17:38
TMAP, there is actually a book called Between You and I. It's by John Humphrys (sp?) and is a rant against incorrect English usage. How do I know this? Because Amazon are doing it as a deal together with Eats Shoots and Leaves.
10/11/2003 at 17:44
Muttley? Does you wurk four amazon or semthing?
10/11/2003 at 17:49
Nope, fraid not. I just have a professional interest (chief sub-editor and all that).
10/11/2003 at 17:50
golly... ewe musst no a lot abowt stuf then
10/11/2003 at 22:50
Just got mine today (yes, I succumbed to the Amazon offer), so they're coming up to bed now and I can chortle away to my heart's content!

Are you looking for any freelance proofreaders, by the way, Muttley (looking at you hopefully)?
11/11/2003 at 07:58
Can I also recommend the new BBC News Styleguide, written by a mate of mine and free to download as a pdf from here
Just go down the page and click on the download button.
11/11/2003 at 08:18
I'll take a look at that, Meerkat (I work for a branch of the Beeb). My preferred style guide is The Economist's, though.

Fishy - 'fraid not, I'm not in such a position. Sorry!
11/11/2003 at 09:29
Me too, Muttley! The guide doesn't have any punctuation in it, as it's mainly for broadcasters, but lots of nice bits on horrible phrases and words to avoid.
11/11/2003 at 09:37
I started reading that book yesterday. As a result, I missed my stop and ended up in Woolwich. You guys have a lot to answer for.


The worst aspect is that a colleague got off at Woolwich too and saw me - and has told the entire office that I missed my station because I was laughing at a book about punctuation...
11/11/2003 at 09:38
Oooh, thank you meerkat ... oooh, I'm in geek heaven.

Now checking to see if it has my favourite broadcasting mistakes in it (like electrocuted vs. electric shock)
11/11/2003 at 09:40
Oh yes, Lizzy, that's there! So is inflammatory/inflammable and many other old favourites!
11/11/2003 at 09:41
Oooh - it does!
11/11/2003 at 09:43
But please, nobody tell DavidB there's a section on "danglers".
11/11/2003 at 09:43
Good point, Muttley. He might try to modify them...

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