By The University of Chicago Press Editorial Staff,Carol Fisher Saller

ISBN-10: 022637064X

ISBN-13: 9780226370644

Q. Is it “happy medium” or “happy median”? My writer writes: “We could all be far better served as stewards of finite public money if lets locate that satisfied median the place belief reigns supreme.” Thanks!

A. The idiom is “happy medium,” yet i admire a dead ringer for commuters taking safe haven from highway rage at the satisfied median.

Q. How do I write a identify of a track within the physique of the paintings (caps, daring, underline, italics, etc.)? instance: The Zombies’ “She’s no longer There” looped in his head.

A. Noooo! Now that track is looping in my head (“but it’s too overdue to assert you’re sorry . . .”). Use citation marks. thank you a lot.


Every month, tens of millions of self-declared notice nerds converge upon a unmarried web site: The Chicago guide of fashion Online's Q&A. There the Manual’s editors open the mailbag and take on readers’ questions about subject matters starting from abbreviation to observe department to the right way to reform that coworker who nonetheless insists on areas among sentences. Champions of logic, the editors supply clever, direct, and infrequently tongue-in-cheek responses that experience guided writers and settled arguments for greater than fifteen years.

But am i able to begin a Sentence with “But”? brings jointly the simplest of the Chicago type Q&A. Curated from years of entries, it gains probably the most popular—and hotly debated—rulings and in addition recovers previous favorites lengthy buried within the archives.

Questions contact on myriad issues of editorial style—capitalization, punctuation, alphabetizing, detailed characters—as good as grammar, utilization, and past (“How do I spell out the sound of a scream?”). A foreword by means of Carol Fisher Saller, the Q&A’s longtime editor, takes readers throughout the historical past of the Q&A and addresses its recognition for mischief. (“It’s no longer that we got down to be cheeky,” she writes.)

Taken jointly, the questions and solutions supply insights into the most universal concerns that face someone who works with phrases. They’re additionally a comforting reminder that even the simplest author or editor wishes a bit help—and humor—sometimes.

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