Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Chicago online

I've been having fun playing with the new online version of the Chicago Manual of Style (you can get a free trial for a month). I note that Chicago now tells us not to hyphenate any varieties of Americans (African-, Asian-, etc.) even when used as an adjective ("the African American astronaut"), which I hope doesn't get too confusing. It does NOT help with our perennial debates about that thing with both words and illustrations that generally runs thirty-two pages: picture book? picture-book? picturebook?

2 comments:

rindamybyers said...

I think its one thing that fascinates me so about reading picturebooks and thinking about them that something so apparently simple still defies precise definition...it rather gives the form a live quality somehow...I fear I am not quite into playing with the "Chicago" for fun as I run a business, basically copyediting for a living, which is WHY I so enjoy playing in the sandbox here...being allowed a mistake now and again in pulblic makes me feel almost human again....

Roger Sutton said...

And your pulblic is grateful, Rinda! ;-)