Washington Post Copyeditor extraordinaire and proprietor of the http://www.theslot.com/, a blog for copy editors, (check out the advice for caption writers under “Sharp Points”) has written a new book.
Looks like fun. A few bits:
“Anal-retentive: As a matter of fact, it does have a hyphen. Thank you for your interest.”
“Shephard: To shephard a plan is to take it on a fifteen minute suborbital flight while sporting a jaunty crew cut. You probably mean shepherd.”
“Armed gunmen: They’re the worst kind.”
“Without further ado: It’s a ridiculous cliché. Even when you don’t make the mistake of spelling it adieu.”