BOOK REVIEW: Grammarians will dive into 'Lapsing'

The problem with the AP Stylebook is that it's often difficult to find what you're looking for. And it manages to make grammar and usage even less inviting than they already are.

The problem with the AP Stylebook is that it's often difficult to find what you're looking for. And it manages to make grammar and usage even less inviting than they already are.

Bill Walsh, copy chief at the The Washington Post's business desk, makes up for both these problems in his book, as it's an entertaining read from beginning to end and the index is easy to reference. Walsh makes plain, straightforward arguments, such as that there's nothing wrong with splitting infinitives, and that "media" is a singular noun when you're referring to the press. "Substitute mediums for media, and see if any contemporary uses of the term make any sense: The mediums are biased? Uh-uh," he writes. This is only a companion, so don't burn your AP book. But with Lapsing Into a Comma, a PR pro can avoid the criticism of curmudgeonly - and often incorrect - editors who complain about grammar and usage. ----- Title Lapsing Into a Comma Author Bill Walsh Publisher Contemporary Books, 256 pages Reviewed by Eric Arnold, editor, PRWeek.com

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