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Et their needs Favilla initiated the creation of BuzzFeed s sage guide and was so successful that online publications similar to BuzzFeed adopted it APS is typically The Missing Heir used by journalists but is ideal for those journalists who write for serious formal publications such as The Washington Post Lighthearted BuzzFeed is concerned first and foremost with connecting with its young readership The writing and editing team believe that that means employing the mostp to date if stupid slang and internet abbreviations but also bending standard rules of grammar punctuation spelling and syntax when they don t truly need to be bent Spaces surrounding an em dash long hyphen for the Heart Of Stone (Morgans Mercenaries, unversed make no difference whatsoever in whether or not the young readership will relate to the content This book doesn t seem to know what it is Certain pieces of Favilla s laid back advice and an entire section explaining each punctuation mark seem aimed at everyone who writes On the other hand A World Without Whom seems suitable only for editors as other pieces of advice are irrelevant to all but them She also discusses the nitty gritty of traditional grammar punctuation and syntax in a way that would bore the average reader However confusingly Favilla then somewhat contradicts all the lessons in traditional rules by expressingnapologetic scorn toward those who value traditional rules At best she tosses out stodgy and curmudgeon At worst she rudely mocks those who insert a comma after Hi in e mail salutations and labels those who like to diagram sentences losers to cite a few examples By her own admission she has trouble with diagramming If she was trying to persuade other editors those curmudgeons who are likely than most to like diagramming and to Deanna Raybourn Lady Julia Grey Volume 2: Dark Road to Darjeeling\The Dark Enquiry\Silent Night bonus story (A Lady Julia Grey Mystery) use commas in salutations she failedThe majority of Favilla s arguments arenconvincing and her overall tone and flippant attitude toward English language standards irritating In her world almost everything is debatable from comma splices to spelling Her constant argument is that language is alive and evolves which is fair but there s accepting natural language evolution and then there s forcing it In the most extreme example of Favilla trying to force a change an example that made me embarrassed for her she relays how she tried to get her team to adopt a ridiculous word she coined faceful Her team disliked the word and they instead opted for face full the existing choice that made sense from the beginning There s also the problem of embracing language change too Not Our Kind uickly Merriam Webster waits many years before adding slang reasoning that much slang doesn t have staying power Favilla and her Buzzfeed team don t have that standard adopting all no matter how stupid and then promoting them with an anything goes language is alive attitude To further bolster her core argument Favilla cites famous writers such as Shakespeare and Mark Twain as those whosed incorrect forms of words centuries ago Shakespeare or than 100 years ago Twain Twain in particular she cites as proof that alright is acceptable even though all right is the correct form according to every reputable Montana Reunion (Big Sky Centennial, usage manual Her sole reasoning is that hesed this word than 100 years ago She never considers that perhaps Twain was simply wrong If a long dead famous writer sed a word incorrectly to Favilla that makes that word either the correct form or an acceptable alternative form A World Without Whom has format and readability going for it Though it doesn t ite know its identity the book at least holds reader interest enough and even those bored by the nitty gritty aspects may really enjoy the integration of screenshots showing discussions between Favilla and her team memes and the results of Roped Into Romance (www.gIRL-gEAR usage polls presumably from BuzzFeed ssage guide Twitter page The most bored can skim A World Without Whom and glean some interesting information This book is interesting as a curiosity It s hard to take seriously an editor who employs internet abbreviations IDK JK FWIW etc throughout her book and says my test for determining the right capitalization punctuation or spelling of something I m editing is this I ask myself How would I write this in an email to a friend or in a Facebook status If the answer is that I would not nder any circumstance capitalize the word laundromat even though many dictionaries and apparently Microsoft Word suggest I do or spell goosebumps as goose bumps then well that settles itThe few rules Favilla respects can
counted on one hand and strangely she gripes about the overuse to the point of meaninglessness lol while arguing in favor of things that are just as worth griping about Favilla is trying to convince the English speaking world to throw out 99% of rules and follow your heart a mantra she lives by without considering that before one can break the rules one must first know the rules inside and out She does say it at the beginning It s fine to flout the rules when you have a solid nderstanding of what the rules are and a calculated reason for doing so but thenshe wrote this book for all and seems to want all to take her advice It s nwise and confused A World Without Whom has to be taken with a grain of salt I nderstood Favilla s every over intellectualized point but rejected them all because they were so ludicrous and because she sounds like she has a generous amount of air between the ears Anyone serious about writing like an educated person should study The Chicago Manual of Style or A Writer s Reference at the least I enjoy a good language book and this one was great fun Despite her breezy devil may care tone I have a feeling Favilla could The Toy Box uote the rules from various style booksntil whoever listening drifted into a coma She doesn t follow all of them but I like that she knows themThe author is the Buzzfeed global copy chief and author of their style guide and her approach makes a lot of sense for online writing know your audience follow the rules that exist for clarity bend or break a bunch of the rest in keeping with how language is evolvingBesides the grammar and Moon Over Water (Deliverance Company, usage stuff that I love to read about there s a lot about modern language specifically how language has changed and issed on social media I learned a few things that made me feel rather old and that I likely won t remember Apparently I m over punctuating my tweets and texts but I don t think I can stop so call me Granny Harkins The book references other great sounding language books I ve already ordered Shady Characters The Secret Life of Punctuation Symbols and other Typographical Marks from the library and language related Buzzfeed articles which I had fun reading and sharing with friends Screenshots of nerdy language The Reunion Mission \ Tall Dark Defender uestions and debates among Buzzfeed writers gave an inside look oftenite funny at their processDespite all the shrugging and follow your hearting that goes on there are rules she s partial to and she does have her pets se of the em dash is one I m oddly
be counted on one hand and strangely she gripes about the overuse to the point of meaninglessness
embarrassed to admit that I had never even heard of an em dash ntil a year ago Oh the shame to admit that I had never even heard of an em dash The Venetians Mistress until a year ago Oh the shame my Kryptonite these many years served in their place and no one ever said boo about mysing them Until I got a gentle suggestion to change a hyphen to an em dash about a year ago But I promptly forgot about the incident Two Steps Forward until I read this book And now I m becoming a little obsessed with them Maybe it will pass But they are prettier than hyphens Just sayingI can t get on board with everything she thinks the world should let go of like cringing when they issed in place of he or she I know so far there hasn t been a better solution to making a gender neutral singular pronoun but I still can t And she does a surprisingly goofy thing with the word dammit although I don t think she ever stops to explain why which is to insist on spelling it damnit I can see the logic behind it but it s distracting it looks horrible and I ve never seen anyone spell it this way before Seems like something she would poke fun at rather than do based on the tone of the rest of the book But it s kind of endearing and makes her seem a little less The Soldiers Mission (Secret Agent Series, unattainably coolAnd for now I m going to keep saying whom because I think it makes me sound poshI read a little of this book each day it s not really a read in one sitting book and Favilla s sassy tone made. E opted for spelling grammar and punctuation guidelines that would reflect not only the site's lighthearted tone but also how readers actuallyse language IRLWith wry cleverness and an ncanny intuition for the possibilities of internet age expression Favilla makes a case for breaking the rules la.
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Favilla õ 0 Read & downloadJohn and Hank Green spent a third of a Dear Hank and John episode trying to decide how to spell the collouial form of casual Cash would be confused with money Instead of a 17 minute discussion they could have just asked BuzzFeed In growing from clickbait izzes asking Which pie are you to a massive media platform targeting the most internet savvy they ve had to keep a grasp on current language trends In her new book A World Without Whom Emmy Favilla discusses how language has changed how to The Ancient Central Andes use it and why precise controls don t matterOh and casual should be shortened to cajA World Without Whom is the book all marketers and writers need to read When we get caughtp on comma placement and correct English we need Emmy s reminder that A good piece of writing is engaging interesting and thorough Duh right Technical correctness isn t part of that Our audiences will relate to engaging interesting and thorough they won t notice or care if you capitalize laundromat or notThis sounds like it s a book that says language no longer matters That s not right It does matter but it s also fluid Local collouialisms now spread and evolve with the internet faster than ever before Our audiences are now geographically and culturally diverse Language matters than ever but the old rules and style books are having trouble keeping Lover Extraordinaire (Extraordinaire, up That s the premise of Emmy s book In a discussion o A didactic attempt to dumb down the English language Aimed at those who need to justify their own laziness in learning to write in English or those who have tried and failed to write or speak properly Promoting ignorance as our least common denominator it s been working in politics and entertainment and mathematics now in languageI didn t finish this book My hands refused to hold it In trying toantify how much of a nerd I am I feel like one item on the list would be how much genuine fun I had reading A World Without Whom and Word by Word this year I want both Stamper and Favilla to just continue talking about what it s like to work for a dictionary and as a copy editor pretty much forever because it is almost endlessly fascinating to me New dream job copy editor A World Without Whom is funny and engaging it s sure to delight word nerds everywhereReading this book took me a surprisingly long time because I really wanted to absorb the information I didn t want to miss a word about words when Christmas With A Hero usually I consume words veryickly I am actually deeply fascinated about debates about how when to se a hypen or not I have strong feelings about punctuationSomething I d never really given a ton of thought to before though I was aware of it wa The first thing to get out of the way in reviewing A World Without Whom is the title itself Author Emmy Favilla drawing from her experience as global copy chief of the website BuzzFeed avers that she hates whom and would like it to disappear And if you do se whom in conversational speech she writes you will never see yourself on an invite to a dinner party at my place 151 But if you search for whom on BuzzFeed you find it in hundreds of articles the most recent example of which features the subheading Whom among s doesn t want to feel a lil sophisticated A lot of the whom examples on BuzzFeed are in set phrases such as many of whom and both of whom Is Favilla suggesting that we make those many of who and both of who or is she saying we just shouldn t get to se that turn of phrase at allThis is reflective of a lot of the book Favilla repeatedly encourages the reader to follow your heart and you do you when making decisions about stylistic choices in writing and editing Except for the things that she feels are important in which case if your heart should lead you to transgress those rules you are A Ta Place uickly dismissed as the worst person on the planet loser weirdo creepy I found Favilla sick harsh judgment of people who disagree with her a little frightening and very sad She wants Mortal Sin us to see language as something that brings all people together but she also reveals a bitterness and anger that dismantles that potential for communityThis kind of self centered judgmental attitude is something I ve also seen in other writers who spend much of their time keepingp with moment by moment activities of a select group of celebrities on a select range of social media platforms I feel bad for Favilla and others who confine themselves to what seems like a really small narrow world It brings you the feeling that you are connecting to other people but the result seems to be that you lose the ability to truly be with people Reading Favilla s book I see nothing about the things in life that have meant a lot to me and I hope have kept me a real connected person There s plenty in Favilla s writing about the Kardashians Harry Styles and viral memes but nothing at all about family members books written before 1996 or friendships that include than crass joking around at work and getting drunk together There is a gloriously How to Win an Argument... Even When You Lose uncool world outside of the screen and I think thatnguarded ncoolness helps keep s alive and growingIt s not that Favilla doesn t care about people She devotes a chapter to writing about sensitive topics chapter 3 How to Not Be a Jerk The problem is first Word nerds rejoice Favilla s A World Without Whom is the nerdy compelling and hilarious guide to grammarspellingpunctuation the world didn t know it needed nlike
the word whomword whom Favilla posits the world definitely does not need This fast paced read is filled with in depth discussions of how thanks to the internet language is ickly evolving and how that s a good thing Tbh it s a descriptivist s daydream and a prescriptivist s ammunition aka fun for all While professors copy editors and English majors may be the novel s core audience it s sure to please anyone with a passing interest in language due the brevity of the author s voice and the fun screenshots of Slack conversations memes and emails scattered among the text Favilla also offers an intimate glimpse into the BuzzFeed copydesk with entire chapters devoted to explaining the difficult decisions behind memey phrases such as cash me ousside howbow dah Even her coworkers who appear just in screenshots are hilarious A World Without Whom is the rare book that transcends genre It s part teaching tool part style guide part biography and part beach read But overall it s a can t miss novel from one of the freshest and funniest new voices of our language evolving times The reason I picked this book Bijoux en origami up is because I have found myself increasingly irritated by people misusing whom More specifically I am annoyed when peoplese whom to sound fancy when the grammatical option is actually whoI am happy to report that Emmy J Favilla agrees with me The worst offense When whom is The Hokku or Epigram Versus of Basho used incorrectly like in the sentence They were not sure whom would do a better job Inderstand the confusion here and the assumption that because they is the subject of the sentence there can be only one subject and therefore only one noun in the subjective case so of course whom is the object spelled as such Unfortunately English is a little complicated than that and the clause do a better job is a hint that the doer
of that action must be in the subjective case as well Still withthat action must be in the subjective case as well Still with You wouldn t have to be if whom were eradicated Just saying They were not sure who would do a better job is in fact the grammatically correct sentence Easy solution Avoid whom altogether for a as long as you shall live Right so if you didn t nderstand that grammatical explanation above you are better off avoiding whom altogether and just sticking with who all the timeMisuse of whom I have seen in real lifeI don t know who is whom IT S WHOThey are good at finding people whom are skilled at hiding their money IT S WHOThanks to whomever left me that present IT S WHOPhew I am glad I got that off my chest Not to be mistaken for an English sage manual on par with The Chicago Manual of Style A World Without Whom is all about BuzzFeed s niue sage guide how it came to be and why it was needed in the first place Favilla and her fellow copy editors as part of an online publication that has its finger on the pulse of what s current found that the traditional Associated Press Stylebook And Libel Manual APS didn t fully me. A World Without Whom is Eats Shoots Leaves for the internet age and BuzzFeed global copy chief Emmy Favilla is the witty go to style guru of webspeak As language evolves faster than ever before what is the future of correct writing When Favilla was tasked with creating a style guide for BuzzFeed sh. ,
It a blast to read about grammar punctuation and the language of the internet I read this book because I liked the title and I am a nerd I think Emmy Favilla writes succintly and engagingly about language I did not necessarily agree with all the calls she made but I liked that she was fully Fearful Symmetry up front about acknowledging that they are just calls for consistency not hard and fast rules The book was dull than I expected though like John Oliver she relies on humour to be engaging and this is less compelling than Last Week Tonight I don t mind either in small doses but I wanted to binge this book you know Also she is heavily reliant on screenshots of largely inane and sometimes irrelevant conversations with colleagues and Buzzfeed posts and tweets I get that this is the BuzzFeed wayirky tildes included but I wish that she d explained why she was The Beast on the Brink using those illustrations at some point I don t want to read about her saying follow your heart or that s new to her colleagues in Slack Interestingly the copyright is registered to BuzzFeed so they are obviously fully supporting this booktrying to recement their role as The definitive internet content platformby putting their copyright to books which is A Choice I guess Anyway I think sub editing is fascinating and I m still glad that I read this What a great book I learned a lot about some things that I imagine copy editors have always grappled with as well as the particular style of writing that is common in texts and in many sites on the internetThe theme that runs through this book is that there are certain things that writers ought to be sticklers about inclusive language that shows respect for and validation of people and information that s presented accurately and clearly For everything else it s all just subjective so you should just follow your heart and just be consistent when making choices about how to write The author still thinks it s important tose commas and hyphens to make the meaning of sentences logically clear even when it s obvious from context what the writer intended Likewise for Lasers using the correct word when homonyms have different meaningsI thought some of the prescriptivist rules were helpful This book convinced me that the serial comma actually does make sense than not tose it I was taught not to Tethered to the World (A Phantom Touched use it in school but never gave that rule much thought When deciding whether to make a word that ends in the letter s plural base your decision on how you want the reader to read it s or s s if you want it to sound like zes When than one adjective issed before a noun Bad Luck, Trouble, Death, and Vampire Sex use commas between adjectives whose order can be swapped An n dash issed to indicate range distance or in a similar way to a slash as opposed to an m dash which is to set off part of a sentence An ellipsis should be 3 dots in a row with no spaces which could still be preceded by a period which would be a fourth dotOther prescriptivist rules were rejected by the author Some I agree with some I don t I agree that it is stupid to correct the improper se of healthy or hopefully On the other hand it personally rubs me the wrong way when people say the reason why or the reason is because It wasn t in the book but to me assure ensure and insure are also 3 different words with 3 different meanings although I know that people don t sually make the distinctions that I make Given the author s preference for gender neutral language she inexplicably prefers you guys to you all The author also has no se for the distinction between lie and lay which is fine but that gives me free license to let my imagination run wild if she says she s laying in bedI think there s a big difference between someone like the author who knows all of the rules of standard English but then chooses to break them to be witty and creative and a writer who doesn t know the rules in the first place An impressionist artist like Picasso wouldn t have been able to do what he did if he had not been classically trained to paint portraits that actually looked like his models Likewise I don t think you can se a sentence fragment or a run on sentence effectively if you don t actually know whether you have written a grammatically standard sentenceThere were a bunch of neologisms and stylistic elements that were discussed in this book I learned that Blue Crush (Blue, using asterisks around words can either mean the same as making the word bold or it could mean the writer is doing an action Double colons on either side of a word can also mean the writer is doing an action Apparently putting tildes on either side of a word means the word is beingsed sarcastically or ironically I also learned about Neville Longbottoming Left Shark shruggie nom nom nom and pausing for applause after Flight of the Piasa using his first Oxford comma in 37 years being a stanThe author likes emojis I think emojis are fun but different devicesoperating systems have different emojis and sometimes if you text an emoji the person on the other end just gets random shapes yes I stillse the word random I m gen X so there Also I think emojis are intentionally ambiguous and would not be effective if you re trying to make your meaning accurate and clear In fact I think a lot of the stylistic elements in this book are for the purpose of intentionally adding ambiguity that is different from the literal meaning of the words in the same way that body language facial expression and tone of voice do in spoken communicationMany of the sentences in this book were actually not clear at all and even after spending a few minutes on the internet trying to figure out what certain acronyms meant I still wasn t sure But that s the whole point right As soon as old people start sing facebook or lol they re no longer cool so you have to switch to something else to stay one step ahead This book is witty and well written but I think the author is somewhat disingenuous She is trying to paint BuzzFeed as being a source of news that has a style suited to the internet But I have always thought of BuzzFeed as just being clickbait not a source of news Usually the headlinedek is misleading hype intended to get people to view a bunch of advertisements on the false premise that the article would be of interest I think the style of this website is intended to appeal to its target demographic The way it is written is intended to be hip which appeals to the people who might buy what the advertisers are sellingThe author is self deprecating calling herself a dweeb and such because she s a copy editor She even writes tl dr after certain passages as if she doesn t believe parts of the book are even worth reading But in reality she like BuzzFeed itself it just trying to be hip She ll bend over backwards to respect the wishes of people who don t want
To Be Referred To With Malefemale Pronouns By Using Theybe referred to with malefemale pronouns by sing they ze zir hir zirs hirs xe xem xyrs if that s what the person prefers but in the end she admits that she thinks all writers should adhere to
the buzzfeed guidelinesBuzzFeed guidelines to this book studies have shown that people who care about grammar are not nice People who don t like pet cats and dogs are heartless People who don t agree with her writing style choices should get a life or get a hobby If she doesn t like the way something looks it s an eyesore People who write in a traditional style are losers who she would not hire or befriend She disparages people who are old and traditional and she obviously couldn t care less that some people are offended by profanityI can t believe that the author really believes that everyone should adhere to the BuzzFeed style If I started writing that way people would think I was having a midlife crisis Everyone including the author writes for their intended readers Nearly everyone employs code switching to some extent but I m not going to completely alter my style to match the style of the people who are reading what I m writing That would be completely inauthenticThe author also seems to think that the stuff that she looks at online is the internet I read and compose things in texts and email and on facebook wikipedia and this site goodreads and I hardly ever see things written in the style the author Fall of Paris uses I think the author has a ways to go before she can truly state that to each his own see what I did there is her philosophy of copyediting. Id out by Strunk and White A world without whom she argues is a world with room for writing that's clear timely pleasurable and politically aware Featuring priceless emoji strings sidebarsizzes and style debates among the most lovable word nerds in the digital media world of which Favilla is Loaned ueen.