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Style guides for the 21st century (part 2): A universal style guide?

Last month, I found myself in a second-hand bookshop looking for some holiday reading. I think I actually squealed with excitement when I saw a copy of Steven Pinker’s recent book The Sense of Style. At this point I realised

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Style guides for the 21st century (part 1): What is a style guide anyway?

A style guide or style sheet is a tool of the trade for professional writers and editors, and something that some of us get quite excited about. I’ve spent many happy hours compiling them (yes, I am a geek). A

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Gove v Gowers: rules for writing

I was amused to find out this week that Michael Gove has been telling his civil servants how to write letters. He has compiled what he calls, rather presumptuously, ‘Gove’s Golden Rules’ for writing. The ten rules – listed in

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