Styling your style guide: Christmas gifts for stylish writing


Chicago Manual of Style, University of Chicago Press

The 16th edition of The Chicago Manual of Style (CMoS) was published this year. There are of course many wonderful style guides: some are listed here. But The CMoS is the one I’m after — just look at the lovely colours on that cover! (I’ve still got the orange 15th edition; I think this new one’s so much nicer). It’s available in book form or through online subscription.

The Chicago Manual of Style is the authoritative, trusted source that writers, editors, and publishers turn to for guidance on style and process.

With state-of-the-art recommendations on editorial style and publishing practices in the digital age, The Chicago Manual of Style is the must-have reference for everyone who works with words

A style-guide might not seem the most obvious choice for a Christmas present. But, as every fashionista knows, accessories are all. Here are a few gift suggestions that will complement the CMoS beautifully and inspire stylish lovers of language to wear their Manuals to gorgeous effect.

The items featured above are available from BoticcaCaradiazMatches, Net-a-PorterSleeks by Arosha and Essie. They range from eye-wateringly expensive to sigh-of-relief reasonable.

If even the reasonable ones are out of your price range, you can download a Chicago Manual of Style mini-ornament for free (make sure you read the poem too).

Chicago Manual of Style, Minibook tree decoration
Chicago Manual of Style, Minibook tree decoration

The photo of the Tiffany box is courtesy of minxlj / Leanne Johnson. The Tiffany pouch was photographed by Olivia Dougan Naio. The CMoS photos were supplied by staff at The University of Chicago Press.

 By Marian Dougan

Published by Marian Dougan

Marian is a translator and editor (specialising in web content) currently based in Glasgow, Scotland. Marian previously lived in Italy for over 20 years, working as a language teacher, translator and policy analyst with the British Embassy in Rome. A qualified member of the Institute of Translation and Interpreting (ITI) and its Italian-language and ITI Scotnet networks, she is currently Scotnet's Convenor and Deputy Webmaster. From 2003 to 2006 Marian taught translation skills at the Italian Department of Glasgow University and now gives Master Classes as part of the new Masters in Translation Studies course. She also conducts web-writing and usability workshops to help people improve their websites and communicate more effectively with their readers, users and customers. In September 2014 Marian obtained User Experience Certification, with specialisation in Web Design, from the Nielsen Norman Group. She loves language, especially English, and is convinced that learning languages opens up people’s minds and horizons (and increases their brainpower!). To share her enthusiasm, she advises schools and educational authorities on language skills and enterprise. She gives talks to pupils on how to combine language studies with other subjects and so enhance their potential and increase their career options. Marian is an active member of organisations such as: Scottish Council Development and Industry (SCDI); Association of Scottish Businesswomen; Dunbartonshire Chamber of Commerce and the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Scotland. She also loves architecture, design, fashion (British Vogue!), cities and chocolate. She’s a great fan of Twitter and you can also find her on Linkedin.

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