Do you have writing questions about abbreviations, addresses,
capitalization, English grammar, Internet terminology, numbers, plurals,
possessives, punctuation, spelling and word usage?
If so, Garbl's Editorial Style and Usage Manual can
help you be clear, concise, correct and consistent in your use of the written
word. This free style guide also provides clear alternatives to long, pompous
or bureaucratic words and phrases. Use this manual for help in writing
articles, books, brochures, correspondence, essays, fliers, newsletters,
reports, Web pages and other documents.
Garbl's Editorial Style and Usage Manual mostly follows Associated
Press style but also follows advice of other excellent books on writing and websites listed in Garbl's Writing Resources
Online--and my selection and interpretation of their guidelines. This guide
focuses on U.S. standards for spelling, punctuation, definitions, usage, style
Do you have comments or suggestions about my
style and usage manual? Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I occasionally enhance
the style guide with new or improved entries. This manual has grown and changed
from print versions that talented colleagues and I developed in the 1980s and
'90s--Gary B. Larson, Seattle, Washington.
If you need someone to write or edit your documents clearly and
concisely, contact Gary B. Larson at Gary's Good Cause Communications! I also can train your staff in clear, concise writing.
Using this style and usage manual
Style manual entries are in alphabetical order. In the navigation
bars on each page, click on the letter that begins the word or phrase you have
questions about. You'll be sent to the section you want:
A | B | C | D | E
| F G | H | I J | K L | M | N O | P | Q R | S | T U | V W X Y Z
Many terms are cross-referenced and hyperlinked. Click on the
highlighted text to view cross-referenced terms. You'll find hyperlinked
cross-references under these topics and others: abbreviations and acronyms, addresses, capitalization, myths of
writing, numbers, plurals, possessives,
punctuation, spelling and World Wide Web.
Besides using this website's Search tool (at
left), you can use your Web browser's Find function (under Edit) to search
for particular words or terms within a page. Pages are organized A (102KB), B, C, D, E, F through G, H, I through J, K through L, M, N through O, P, Q through R, S, T through U and V through Z.