Grammatical Words: Bill Walsh’s new book

Washington Post Copyeditor extraordinaire and proprietor of the, a blog for copy editors, (check out the advice for caption writers under “Sharp Points”) has written a new book.
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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.” 

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