Guardian style guide

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It's OK to say it! But pounds is probably better. twitter.com/richardosman/s…
Goat's cheese. As our former style ed @davidrmarsh put it: "Phrases such as butcher's hook, collector's item, cow's milk, goat's cheese and writer's cramp are best treated as singular. We either don't know or don't care whether one goat, or many, are involved." twitter.com/BriteEyedViole…
We do! One space after a full stop. Two is … brave, but not right. twitter.com/STEcopywriting…
Unbelievable sign on the way out of the game and on the way to buses back into Pasadena. #WalesAway #Whales
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Our style for "anniversary": first anniversary, 10th anniversary etc; not one-year anniversary, 10-year anniversary. There is no such thing as a six-month anniversary. theguardian.com/guardian-obser…
Best - and simultaneously most disappointing - @guardian correction of the day
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We hope so, Jim! IMHO: "in my humble opinion". "Honest" is good, but it's not right. twitter.com/jimwaterson/st…
"Hard-on" with a hyphen, we reckon. And "hard-ons" as the plural, even if "hards-on" does have a certain poetry to it. twitter.com/lottelydia/sta…
Fascinating piece from @holpuch on @lynneguist's new book on British and American English. Plus a fun language quiz! theguardian.com/science/2018/a…
Yes, you're right: bands, like football teams, take a plural verb. Iron Maiden know how to rock, Coldplay are inexplicably popular, Liverpool haven't won the league for 28 years, and so on. twitter.com/paulie/status/…
Swear words: use when necessary to the facts of a piece, or to portray a character in an article. Thus, Rex Tillerson reportedly referred to Donald Trump as a "fucking moron". Not an "effing moron" or a "f****** moron". Asterisks are a cop-out.
Lovely long read on the @OED by @andydickson – can the world’s biggest dictionary survive the internet? theguardian.com/news/2018/feb/…
On death: write, for example, "Billy Graham has died aged 99". Avoid "passed away", "passed on" or any other euphemism. "Died" is simpler, clearer and better.
Upcoming: a jargon word to be avoided. An editor – Bernard Kilgore, reputedly – once told his staff: “If I read upcoming in the Wall Street Journal again, I shall be downcoming and somebody will be outgoing.” theguardian.com/guardian-obser…
Kraft cheese slices, Nigel Slater, and the parliamentary constituency of Hove – all described in the Guardian as "iconic" in a heady fortnight in 2010 twitter.com/alex_vanvliet/…
Excellent style guide entry on the inexplicably popular "took to Twitter":
A good day to consider how we write about stock markets and the economy. 'Plunge', 'slump', 'turmoil', 'shockwave', 'volatile' and so on: cliches to avoid or useful terms to help tell the story?
Also "visitor's gallery" – it should be visitors' gallery. Unless, of course, Mr President is only expecting one. twitter.com/CNN/status/958…
Yes. If it's pronounced as a word, spell out with an initial capital: Unicef, Nascar, Nasa, Isis, etc. Use all capitals if an abbreviation is pronounced as the individual letters: BBC, NRA, RSPCA, and so on. twitter.com/earleyedition/…
An ongoing peeve of ours: the use of "ongoing" in copy. As the style guide puts it: "The story has yet to be written that cannot be improved by removing it."
Makeup: (noun) one word; (verb) two words. Making up is hard to do. twitter.com/DrivingMsDupsi…
We've got new livery! And we think it's rather stylish.
Lowercase and no quote marks: big data, big oil, big tobacco, big pharma, and so on. twitter.com/WebDevLaw/stat…
@guardianstyle This is what my family calls The Apprentice's Pronoun, as in "That would be myself, Lord Sugar" in response to a question such as "Who was responsible for this?" twitter.com/guardianstyle/…
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Hello! We're back after a break – and we're taking your queries. (We'll have a new profile picture shortly, too.) Who needs style counsel?
Still, good to read in the Times that there are some good style guides, such as - yes - the Times style guide! Who'd have guessed? twitter.com/spikefodder/st…
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Harold Evans is a better journalist than the entire current staff of the Times put together. twitter.com/spikefodder/st…
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After today's results, the Labour troops await orders for their next battle on 8 June.
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If only I knew what "visceral" means, because I'm pretty sure that's how much I hate the Conservatives.
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Him: Name? Me: Lynne Him: 2 Ns? Me: And an E. Him:
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The @nytimes is running its first television ad in seven years during the #Oscars. The subject? The truth. cnn.it/2mpHtxI
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In case you missed it, here's a super blogpost from @GaryNunn1 on the art of the one-liner: theguardian.com/media/mind-you…
This, from @theguyliner, on words that should be banned, is brilliant: theguardian.com/science/2017/j…
Press publishing 'consistent stream' of inaccurate stories about Muslims d.gu.com/N8QH69
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CIA grumbles about Guardian's "sensational and misleading headline" in article from 1989. Considered writing a letter to the editor.
Fascinating: CIA complains about the work of Guardian subs in 1989. (Thanks to @mccarthy_ciara for the discovery!) cia.gov/library/readin…
Michael Gove gorges on cheesy puff of a Donald Trump interview | John Crace theguardian.com/us-news/2017/j… Mini-Mini-Mikey's Big Day Out
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