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Thread #39822   Message #567338
Posted By: Gervase
08-Oct-01 - 07:35 AM
Thread Name: For pedants only
Subject: RE: For pedants only
Waterhouse also wrote one of the best newspaper style guides ever - originally for the Daily Mirror, but later published for general use.
Like Strunk and White in the US, it should be by the side of anyone who writes - it's pithy, funny and bang-on when it comes to what you should and shouldn't do with words.
And, while we're on the subject of pedantry (not the cunjunction beginning the sentence!), there are a few solecisms that always get me harrumphing. One is the word "None" followed by a plural verb - as in "None of them are worth a fart". None is a contraction of "not one" and should always be followed by a singular verb - "None of them isworth a fart"
Then there's the word enormity. It has nothing whatsoever to do with size, and means "monstrous wickedness". So, when I see a vicar talking about the enormity of the fund-raising task ahead, I shakes me head...
Then there's.... ...sorry, I'm boring you. I'll get me coat...