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economists’ style guide

Filed under: — adrian @ 3:26 pm

To try to prescribe language for everyone is futile but within a journalistic institution it makes sense. The Economist Style Guide has a section on solecisms. It’s pretty interesting and informative.

Still, some of it is obvious:

Simon Pure is the real person (or thing), and has nothing to do with Caesar’s wife or driven snow.

Duh, right? And how about this one:

Soi-disant means self-styled, not so-called.

In all seriousness, though, some are quite useful:

Continuous describes something uninterrupted. Continual admits of a break. If your neighbours play loud music every night, it is a continual nuisance; it is not a continuous one unless the music is never turned off.

Are there any other style guidelines online? I didn’t find any in a brief look.

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