The Wall Street Journal Guide to Business Style and Usage (Wall Street Journal Guides to...)-Paul Martin

  • Title: The Wall Street Journal Guide to Business Style and Usage (Wall Street Journal Guides to...)
  • Author: Paul Martin
  • Released: 2002-01-01
  • Language:
  • Pages: 272
  • ISBN: 0743212959
  • ISBN13: 978-0743212953
  • ASIN: 0743212959


From Library Journal Martin has been the copy desk chief at the Wall Street Journal since 1972 and has edited their internal style manual since 1981. Here he presents a public, updated, and expanded version that offers almost 3900 entries standardizing the terminology, spelling, punctuation, and grammar originally chosen for one of the world's best-known business newspapers. The aim is to produce the business equivalent of Fowler's Modern English Usage or Wilson Follett's Modern American Usage with shorter definitions and less wit. In fact, some words are listed without definitions, presumably to show the proper spelling. Over 900 cross references link italicized words with their own entries, but many italicized words lack links. The grammar definitions are uncommonly clear, which may help explain why the Journal is so consistently well written. This guide is obviously trading on the Journal's name, which alone will generate some interest. Still, style and usage guides are used less and less, no matter how good they are; more's the pity. Academic and larger business collections may benefit from this selection. Patrick J. Brunet, Western Wisconsin Technical Coll. Lib., La Crosse
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author Paul R. Martin has been The Wall Street Journal's "high court" ruler on matters of style and usage for over a quarter of a century. He became Copy Desk Chief in 1972 and has compiled and edited The Wall Street Journal Stylebook since its first internal publication in 1981. Currently Assistant Managing Editor, he is also the news department's ombudsman for responding to readers' comments and complaints, and a final reader for major Journal stories. In 2000, Mr. Martin received the Elliott V. Bell Award from the New York Financial Writers' Association. The Bell Award is given each year to the person the association deems has made a significant, long-term contribution to the profession of financial journalism. A graduate of Dartmouth College and a native of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, he lives on Staten Island, New York. pdf
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