A World Without "Whom": The Essential Guide to Language in the Buzzfeed Age by Emmy J. Favilla

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A World Without "Whom" is Eats, Shoots & Leaves for the internet age, and BuzzFeed global copy chief Emmy Favilla is the witty go-to style guru of webspeak. As language evolves faster than ever before, what is the future of "correct" writing? When Favilla was tasked with creating a style guide for BuzzFeed, she opted for spelling, grammar, and punctuation guidelines th...

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A World Without "Whom": The Essential Guide to Language in the Buzzfeed Age Reviews

  • Bianca Smith
    John and Hank Green spent a third of a Dear Hank and John episode trying to decide how to spell the colloquial form of casual. Cash would be confused with money. Instead of a 17-minute discussion, they could have just asked BuzzFeed. In growing from clickbait quizzes asking “Which pie are you??...
  • Sandra D
    What a fun read! I enjoyed discovering the thought process and history behind BuzzFeed's style guide (because nerd!). Emmy gives an insider's look at the unique style issues that come up in BuzzFeed content. She also recognizes that BuzzFeed's style is not for everyone ("you do you," etc.), yet she ...
  • Shannon Whitehead
    I liked this, even as someone who can admittedly be a stickler about language and grammar, always has an opinion about the Oxford comma, and is not 100% down for the social acceptance of run-on sentences. Favilla covered all of these subjects and much more in her book, which is essentially a style g...
  • Diane Hernandez
    Style guide for the social media generation and those that want to communicate with them.Based on the Buzzfeed Style Guide (https://www.buzzfeed.com/emmyf/buzzfe...) and written by the same author, A World Without Whom goes further by explaining the whys behind the rules. Emily also pokes fun at her...
  • Dan Toy
    Word nerds rejoice! Favilla's A World Without Whom is the nerdy, compelling, and hilarious guide to grammar/spelling/punctuation the world didn't know it needed (unlike the word "whom," which Favilla posits the world definitely *does not* need). This fast-paced read is filled with in-depth discussio...
  • Emily
    I enjoy a good language book, and this one was great fun. Despite her breezy, devil-may-care tone, I have a feeling Favilla could quote the rules from various style books until whoever listening drifted into a coma. She doesn't follow all of them, but I like that she knows them.The author is the Buz...
  • Jonathan Karmel
    What a great book! I learned a lot about some things that I imagine copy editors have always grappled with, as well as the particular style of writing that is common in texts and in many sites on the internet.The theme that runs through this book is that there are certain things that writers ought t...
  • Rebecca
    The reason I picked this book up is because I have found myself increasingly irritated by people misusing "whom." More specifically, I am annoyed when people use "whom" to sound fancy when the grammatical option is actually "who."I am happy to report that Emmy J. Favilla agrees with me: The worst of...
  • Shanti
    I read this book because I liked the title and I am a nerd. I think Emmy Favilla writes succintly and engagingly about language. I did not necessarily agree with all the calls she made, but I liked that she was fully up front about acknowledging that they are just calls for consistency, not hard and...

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