Thursday, June 14, 2012

You Know You're a Word Geek When...

...You're excited because you just ordered an updated version of The Associated Press Stylebook, and you can't wait for it to arrive in the mail.

The AP Stylebook is the standard for journalists, but many writers who are not in journalism use it, too. (On the other hand, modern media provides daily reminders that many writers and journalists don't use this book when they really should, but I digress...) It's quite the handy reference book. Want to know when certain words should be capitalized? Do you need the correct spelling of a foreign title or name? Is it "e-mail" or "email"? (The former, at least according to AP circa 2004.) The Stylebook has all of this, and more.

If you're serious about writing of any kind, pick up a copy and keep it by your desk, right next to The Chicago Manual of Style. These two books will cover just about every writing question that might arise during your day-to-day work.

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