This version of The Times Style and Usage Guide (published in book form
January 2003) aims to provide writers and sub-editors with a quick reference
to contentious points of grammar and spelling and to guide them through
specialised areas where confusions have arisen in the past. The alphabetical
list has been augmented by seven specialist sections on the Armed Forces, the Arts, the
Churches, the Courts, Politics, Sport and Titles.
The book is intended as a guide, not a straitjacket. All journalists should
follow style, but occasional exceptions can be made, especially in direct
quotes and in features, and with columnists whose individual voices should
be heard and whose flow of argument and writing should be preserved.
Where extra guidance is needed, staff should use as their first point of
reference Collins English Dictionary (ISBN 0-00-719135-7, 2005).
Other helpful sources are the New Oxford Dictionary for Writers and
Editors (Odwe: ISBN 0-19-861040-6, 2005), the Concise Oxford or
Chief revise editor
Online Style Guide
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