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mirandashell
04-01-2013, 04:02 PM
This is about the book at the top of the welcome page. I've put it here cos I wasn't sure where it should go.

Am I right in thinking the CMS is for the American style of writing? That it doesn't apply to anywhere else?

alleycat
04-01-2013, 04:08 PM
There are different style guides used in the US for different types of writing. Some publishers might use the AP Guide, while others might use the CMS, and others use their own house style.

Were you thinking of getting it for fiction or for nonfiction? The CMS might be very helpful for nonfiction writing of a certain type; it's not really needed for fiction (it deals with every sort of oddball usage someone can think of). I have a copy but only rarely refer to it.

mirandashell
04-01-2013, 04:12 PM
I wasn't thinking about getting it for anything. I'm just a little surprised at the comment beneath the picture of the book.

alleycat
04-01-2013, 04:13 PM
Sorry, I don't see them. I have ad blocker turned on.

It is April 1, remember. Take anything with a grain of salt today.

mirandashell
04-01-2013, 04:14 PM
This what it says.


Users of these forums are expected to know and execute flawless prose, as per the Chicago Manual of Style. Accept no substitutes.


I appreciate it's the 1st of April today so I'm making sure this isn't a 'joke'.

firedrake
04-01-2013, 04:15 PM
I wasn't thinking about getting it for anything. I'm just a little surprised at the comment beneath the picture of the book.

Today's date may have some bearing on that comment. :D

mirandashell
04-01-2013, 04:15 PM
Ah. Aren't April Fools jokes meant to be funny?

evilrooster
04-01-2013, 04:26 PM
I can only conclude that Absolute Write has been taken over by Lancastrians and their allies, the Chicago Gang.

But fear not! The Grammar & Syntax room is solidly Yorkist; we hold not to CMS. I'll not even force you to use Bigglethwaite & Windemere (though it's strongly recommended, of course).

mirandashell
04-01-2013, 04:28 PM
I'm beginning to worry about you, Rooster.....

evilrooster
04-01-2013, 04:29 PM
It's the hat, isn't it? The hat's too much? It looked OK in the shop...

mirandashell
04-01-2013, 04:30 PM
Yeah... the hat isn't great. But it's more the 'mwwhhaaahaaahhaaa' I can hear everytime you say something.

evilrooster
04-01-2013, 04:35 PM
That's just my inner prescriptivist. I'm working on integrating it into my wider persona. It's like nurturing your inner child, but with rather less chocolate and sharper teeth.

Haggis
04-01-2013, 04:36 PM
Prithee, roosters ain't got no teeth.

mirandashell
04-01-2013, 04:38 PM
I was just thinking that myself.

evilrooster
04-01-2013, 04:40 PM
Prithee, roosters ain't got no teeth.

My inner prescriptivist has. Come bring your Lancastrian-sympathizing throat over here and make a grammatical error if you want to find out.

Poser.

mirandashell
04-01-2013, 04:41 PM
I think he's talking to you, Haggis.

cray
04-01-2013, 04:42 PM
you spelled poseur wrong.
just saying.

evilrooster
04-01-2013, 04:48 PM
you spelled poseur wrong.
just saying.

And you have mislaid your shift key. Just saying.

mirandashell
04-01-2013, 04:48 PM
I'm just going out to get the tin hats and the sandbags.

mirandashell
04-01-2013, 04:50 PM
BTW Rooster, we've been invaded.....

http://absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=267404

evilrooster
04-01-2013, 04:52 PM
So now we know who stole Cray's shift key.

Silent Rob
04-01-2013, 05:01 PM
*moue of displeasure*

One shudders.

Haggis
04-01-2013, 05:04 PM
My inner prescriptivist has. Come bring your Lancastrian-sympathizing throat over here and make a grammatical error if you want to find out.

Poser.
Please come to a full stop, leave one space, then proceed.

benbradley
04-01-2013, 05:07 PM
The CMS is published in the USA.

The USA has nuclear weapons.

I'm just sayin'.

evilrooster
04-01-2013, 06:04 PM
Yet manuals are tools that cowards use,
Devis'd at first to keep the strong in awe:
Our clear prose be our conscience, voice our law.

Except, of course, in the matter of spaces after a full stop. Then we go by the book. (Go! Buy the book!)

Haggis
04-01-2013, 06:06 PM
Yet manuals are tools that cowards use,
Devis'd at first to keep the strong in awe:
Our clear prose be our conscience, voice our law.

Except, of course, in the matter of spaces after a full stop. Then we go by the book. (Go! Buy the book!)
I'm beginning to understand that spinal curvature. It wasn't his backbone, it was his wishbone.

slcboston
04-01-2013, 08:27 PM
I adore the CMS.


Particularly in it's paper form. (Makes an excellent weapon with which not to gladly suffer fools but rather smite them.)


That is all.

evilrooster
04-01-2013, 09:15 PM
Particularly in it's paper form.

Biggles & Windy fans would never use an apostrophe like that.

Haggis
04-01-2013, 09:19 PM
Biggles & Windy fans would never use an apostrophe like that.
*drags the sheep off to the Tower*

evilrooster
04-01-2013, 09:23 PM
*drags the sheep off to the Tower*

Who's a good henchpuppy? Who's a good henchpuppy?

YOU ARE!

*skritches Haggis behind his ears*

*straightens his hair again afterward*

kuwisdelu
04-02-2013, 02:44 AM
#8083201 (http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showpost.php?p=8083201)

>implying some of us aren't having epic lulz

Long live the rebellion!

Jean Marie
04-02-2013, 03:48 AM
*drags the sheep off to the Tower*
Didn't you have lamb chops for dinner, last night?

BenPanced
04-02-2013, 05:42 AM
This is about the book at the top of the welcome page. I've put it here cos I wasn't sure where it should go.

Am I right in thinking the CMS is for the American only style of writing? That it doesn't applyies to anywhere else, including the rest of the world?
Fixed it for you.

Haggis
04-02-2013, 06:06 AM
Didn't you have lamb chops for dinner, last night?
No. That was tonight. :e2teeth:

mirandashell
04-02-2013, 02:42 PM
Fixed it for you.


Lord you make a mess on a day out, don't you? I'm going to fetch the nurse.

mirandashell
04-02-2013, 02:43 PM
#8083201 (http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showpost.php?p=8083201)

>implying some of us aren't having epic lulz

Long live the rebellion!

Oh the thread got a lot funnier later. It was the original....'joke' that wasn't funny.

Ken
04-02-2013, 02:55 PM
... when I first saw that book at the top of the page I'd thought that someone here wrote or contributed to it and I was like, "WOW!" And it honestly wouldn't surprise me. Talented lot here.

Can get intimidating at times.