English Language and Style Manuals

From Moscow, Cameron Sawyer wrote: "With Nicholson, an unabridged Webster's Second, and an OED, one has practically everything one needs to know about the English language outside of the body of English language literature itself. From the UK,  John Heelan comments: If Cameron added The Oxford Guide to Style (the 39th edition of Hart's Rules for Compositors and Readers at the University Press Oxford), he would have a complete set of reference guides.  He might also  be gratified to learn that it has agreed with him on serial commas for the last hundred years- to the extent of naming the serial comma the "Oxford comma".  RH: Well, no.  In the US the standard reference work is the Chicago Manual of Style.

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