Book Review: “Yes, I Could Care Less” by Bill Walsh
A copyeditor sticking up for good English.
Reviewed By John Wilwol
Comments () | Published June 18, 2013
Book Review: “Yes, I Could Care Less” by Bill Walsh
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Price: $14.99

If you dream about correcting the office grammar Nazi (“Actually, Mortimer, it’s ‘aha’ not ‘a-ha.’ ”), pick up Washington Post copyeditor Bill Walsh’s witty book Yes, I Could Care Less: How to Be a Language Snob Without Being a Jerk. Here are a few playful entries:

“Anal-retentive: As a matter of fact, it does have a hyphen. Thank you for your interest.”

“Armed gunmen: They’re the worst kind.”

“Shepard: To Shepard a plan is to take it on a fifteen minute suborbital flight while sporting a jaunty crew cut. You probably mean shepherd.”

“Without further ado: It’s a ridiculous cliché. Even when you don’t make the mistake of spelling it adieu.”

This article appears in the June 2013 issue of The Washingtonian.

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