Dany Petraska

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I’m the reason you must have a style guide

I'm a style geek. When I see a typo in Newsweek I rejoice. Aha! I also know not everyone will even notice it (or care, for that matter), which puts me in a special club with other style geeks, and I know I can rely on my fellow geeks to bring this error to their attention (which they will, in great numbers). But the truth is, I don't find many style or grammar errors in Newsweek, and for this I hold them in high esteem. Their consistency and attention to the details makes me believe the magazine, the writers, the editors, and the copy editors, as well as the company behind it (even if I don't know who that company is), are super smart and professional. I have no problem believing that their careful attention is because they care about their readers.

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