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The Economist Style Guide, 10th Edition

Book Description

This expanded tenth edition of the bestselling guide to style is based on the Economist’s own updated house style manual, and is an invaluable companion for everyone who wants to communicate with the clarity, style and precision for which the Economist is renowned. As the introduction says, ’clarity of writing usually follows clarity of thought.’ The Economist Style Guide gives general advice on writing, points out common errors and clich?s, offers guidance on consistent use of punctuation, abbreviations and capital letters, and contains an exhaustive range of reference material - covering everything from accountancy ratios and stock market indices to laws of nature and science.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Contents
  5. Preface
  6. Introduction
  7. A note on editing
  8. Part 1 The essence of style
  9. Part 2 American and British English
    1. Grammar and syntax
    2. Punctuation
    3. Spelling
    4. Usage
    5. Vocabulary
  10. Part 3 Useful reference
    1. Abbreviations
    2. Beaufort Scale
    3. Business ratios
    4. Working capital
    5. Sales
    6. Assets
    7. Profits
    8. Calendars
    9. Muslim calendar
    10. Currencies
    11. Earthquakes
    12. Elements
    13. Footnotes, sources, references
    14. Notes
    15. Fractions
    16. Geological eras
    17. Greek alphabet
    18. Internet
    19. Latin
    20. Laws
    21. Laws of thermodynamics
    22. sod’s law See Murphy’s law.
    23. Wolfe’s law of journalism
    24. Mathematical symbols
    25. Measures
    26. Conversions
    27. Volume and capacity
    28. Weight
    29. Gold
    30. Metric units
    31. Length
    32. Area
    33. Weight (mass)
    34. Volume
    35. Capacity
    36. Metric system prefixes
    37. Miscellaneous units and ratios
    38. Beer
    39. Champagne
    40. Wines and spirits
    41. Precious metals
    42. Water
    43. Energy
    44. Radioactivity
    45. Dose of radiation
    46. Crude oil
    47. Clothing sizes (rough equivalents)
    48. Paper sizes
    49. Conversion factorsa
    50. National accounts
    51. Final expenditure
    52. Gross domestic product (GDP) at market prices
    53. Gross national income or product (GNI/GNP) at market prices
    54. Gross domestic product at factor cost
    55. North America administrative divisions
    56. United States
    57. Canada
    58. Provinces
    59. Territories
    60. Olympic games
    61. Winter
    62. Organisations
    63. Dependencies and associated states
    64. Populations of the world
    65. Presidents and prime ministers
    66. Presidents of the United States
    67. Prime ministers of the United Kingdom
    68. Proofreading
    69. Roman numerals
    70. Solar system
    71. Stockmarket indices
    72. Americas
    73. Asia & Australasia
    74. Europe
    75. Middle East & Africa
    76. Cross-border indices
    77. Time of day around the world
  11. Index