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PostPosted: December 17th, 2008, 6:51 pm 

Joined: March 12th, 2007, 1:55 pm
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Location: New River, AZ
Groovy, you always make me laugh. Sorry your Flat Belly Diet didn't work out as planned. I'm not a big fish fan either, even if it does have a fancy name.

Harry, I totally agree. Used the Chicago Manual for many years, then my copy also disappeared. No doubt loaned out and forgotten. Lost many books that way. When I originally responded, I wanted to keep my list short. I probably have half a dozen references like that in my bookshelf. Here's some of the others I found useful over the years ...

Essential for the Scientific and Technical Writer, by Hardy Hoover
(Great for figuring our how to punctuate and embed equations.)

USN&WR Stylebook, edited by Robert O. Grover
(Damn ... how would you like the responsibility of editing a "stylebook?")

Grammar Smart, by the staff of Princeton Review
(Covers all the really tricky stuff with some lucid examples.)

So what ever happened to Groovy Dave? I don't see any recent posts from him?

Dan Heim, Desert Dweller
"Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read." — Groucho Marx

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PostPosted: December 17th, 2008, 9:46 pm 

Joined: January 13th, 2005, 3:18 pm
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Location: Islandia
Hey, the original question was for JUST punctuation. I got plenty of grammar books including the wonderful new Grammar Girl whose podcasts are a blast. Another one to add to Lukeman's, A Dash of Style, is Comma Sense: A Fundamental Guide to Punctuation by Richard Lederer and John Shore.

Notice how I've left out punctuation? Neener neener.

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PostPosted: December 20th, 2008, 10:51 pm 

Joined: March 4th, 2004, 9:36 pm
Posts: 778
Location: Murphy, NC Copy Desk
Harry Haller wrote:
You were asking for a book about punctuation -- I'm surprised no one mentioned "Eats, shoots, and leaves."

Hi Harry,
I refrained from mentioning that book only because it doesn't seem to go into much detail about punctuation rules. But I'm glad you did. I found its discussions on the history and evolution of punctuation to be fascinating and often humorous.

Harry Haller wrote:
I would think the Chicago Manual has a lot to say on this topic, but I can't find my copy.

I have the 15th edition, and it devotes about 30 pages (small type) to punctuation.



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