Tag: The Chicago Manual of Style

What The Chicago Manual of Style says about the ends of decades -- arrrrggh!

What The Chicago Manual of Style says about the ends of decades -- arrrrggh!
It was barely December before I started seeing mentions of year-end lists — best of, worst of, oddest of whatever a column or site reviews. Those are fine with me. But the lists of best, worst or whatever of the decade are too early. Decade means ten years — not nine. So I wanted to come... Read more »

The Chicago Manual of Style on 'verbing' nouns -- 'it has always been so'

The Chicago Manual of Style on 'verbing' nouns -- 'it has always been so'
Late in The Chicago Manual of Style’s section on nouns is part 5.25, Nouns as verbs. I thought it’d be about the newfangled habit called “verbing,” using nouns as verbs. I was wrong about the newfangled part. The example give in the book is the noun husband, which in the year 1220 meant “one who... Read more »

The Chicago Manual of Style -- Nouns have a lot of naming to do

The Chicago Manual of Style -- Nouns have a lot of naming to do
When I set out to study The Chicago Manual of Style, I knew it would mean some detail work. But would you believe I have 11 pages of notes on nouns alone? It’s true: Nouns, generally; Common nouns (concrete, abstract, and collective); Proper nouns; Mass nouns (sometimes called noncount nouns); Properties of nouns; noun case;... Read more »
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The Chicago Manual of Style on Parts of Speech

The Chicago Manual of Style on Parts of Speech
In Section II of The Chicago Manual of Style, even the most ardent grammarian can find reasons for fear, if not despair. (Quotations that follow are from the 17th edition of the manual, as initially described here.) “As traditionally understood, grammar is both a science and an art,” states the manual in the section on... Read more »

The Chicago Manual of Style on grammar -- and itself

The Chicago Manual of Style on grammar -- and itself
Now that I’ve started a series of posts (every Friday, starting here) on The Chicago Manual of Style, it’s time to look at just how this huge book’s second section, “Style and Usage,” begins. The first section, “Publishing Process,” is less useful for those of you not involved professionally in publishing, so “Style and Usage”... Read more »

A Chicago writer (and editor) looks at 'The Chicago Manual of Style'

A Chicago writer (and editor) looks at 'The Chicago Manual of Style'
Since I’ve been finding “The Chicago Manual of Style” mentioned in many ads I’ve been reading for editorial jobs, I checked the book out of the library to start studying it. That was in mid-September. When the Chicago Public Library got rid of most overdue fines, part of the cheering you heard was from me.... Read more »
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