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The Guardian style guide editors on language usage and abusage, and lots more
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Guardian style guide 6h
Quite right: a housing co-op is a cooperative venture. RT : What about co-op (n)? As distinct from (chicken) coop?
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Guardian style guide 6h
Good guess. RT : similar advice with while and whilst, I'm guessing?
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Guardian style guide 6h
"I'd love to sit in front of a log fire with Stan Carey one night sharing a bottle of Irish whiskey"
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Guardian style guide 6h
Stan's "indispensable" Sentence first is No 12 in a top 20 of books and websites listed in For Who the Bell Tolls.
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Guardian style guide 6h
In old-fashioned poetry, perhaps. RT : Among or amongst? Is amongst ever acceptable?
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Guardian style guide 6h
Doctor Who: the title of the series – do not abbreviate to Dr Who; the character is the Doctor, and he is a Time Lord
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Guardian style guide 6h
Dalek with capital D, whether used literally (as in referring to Doctor Who), or figuratively (as in describing, say, your boss).
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Guardian style guide 6h
No: dos and don'ts. RT : dos and donts or do's and dont's ...?
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Guardian style guide 6h
Never. RT : Does this mean Kylie and Jason were wrong?
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Guardian style guide 7h
It doesn't sound very natural though. RT : Could say "she made (the) crab sandwiches particularly for him"
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Guardian style guide 7h
specially = for a special reason (“she made crab sandwiches specially for him”).
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Guardian style guide 7h
especially = particularly (“he's especially fond of crab”) or in particular (“a policy aimed at Ukip voters, especially in marginal seats”).
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Guardian style guide 7h
"commingle" may look odd but it's a word all right; first use listed in OED is from 1626.
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Guardian style guide 7h
cooperate, cooperation, cooperative; Co-operative Bank, Group, party; Co-op store.
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Guardian style guide 10h
Your parent or guardian's name. RT : would you say "your parent/guardian's name" or "your parent's/guardian's name"
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Guardian style guide 10h
No, because the joke is on the little guy trying to zap the "internet slang". We don't disapprove of such abbreviations.
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Guardian style guide 13h
Abbreviations: WMD = one weapon; WMDs = lots, as owned by the US, China and Russia; no WMDs = we might zap you anyway, just to make sure.
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Guardian style guide 13h
Defence made simple (2) * the government reserves the right to define "bad guy" and "has" as appropriate.
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Guardian style guide 13h
Defence made simple (1) "weapons of mass destruction": what the bad guy* has; "nuclear deterrent": weapons of mass destruction that we have.
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Guardian style guide 1d
goat's cheese, cow's milk, butcher's hook, writer's cramp, hangman's noose, etc – see apostrophes
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