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The Arbiters Style Guide

This space is reserved for an example of a style guide, one for an imaginary magazine: Arbiters. (There is no connection here with Arbiter – singular – an Italian fashion magazine for men, 1927–1983.)

Arbiters follows ChicagoCMOS – for style and Merriam-WebsterMW11 – for words. For words, first check the word list.

Points of style in Chicago worth noting are noted here, along with where Arbiters does not follow Chicago. First up:

Serial Comma

Like Chicago, Arbiters uses the serial comma – the comma before the final conjunction in a comma-separated list of three or more items – to avoid ambiguity, to aid prosody (if that looks likely to help), to list predicates in a compound sentence, and to list complex phrases.

avoiding ambiguity: She lauded her parents, Ayn Rand, and God.
aiding prosody: The puppy greeted her with a hop, skip, and a jump.
listing predicates: He saw the cop, dropped the gun, and ran.
listing complex phrases: The talk turned to whether to fish or cut bait, who should go for more beer, and why we never seem to get anything done.

[other points to follow]

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