The Guardian UK is publishing its style guide this week, an updated version of what's already online. Reader's editor Ian Mayes shares:
The style guide is to some extent a rod to beat the journalists with, but the benefits of reader participation more than compensate for the bruises.What's included?
It suggests that a preference (which I share) for using a singular verb with "none" is simply deferring to "a (very persistent) myth". Plural, it says, is acceptable and often sounds more natural: "None of the current squad are good enough." Collins, the Guardian's default dictionary, says: "None is a singular pronoun and should be used with a singular form of a verb."And on split infinitives:
"It is perfectly acceptable to sensibly split infinitives, and stubbornly to resist doing so can sound awkward and make for ambiguity." The authors suggest that George Bernard Shaw got it about right "after an editor tinkered with his infinitives", when he said: "I don't care if he is made to go quickly, or to quickly go - but go he must."And diacriticals?
Subeditors, in fact, are now expected to place accents correctly on words in French, German, Spanish and Irish Gaelic (but not on anglicised French words such as cafe, "apart from exposé, résumé"). Consistency is an elusive little animal.And, lest you think no Brits believe in important hyphenations:
It is not exactly a zero-tolerance manifesto.