Holiday Décor: A Mini Chicago Manual of Style

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010 by Chris

If a Christmas tree figures into your holiday décor, consider adding a bit of wordsmithing flavor to your ornament collection with a miniature Chicago Manual of Style guide. The creative folks at CMOS have crafted this downloadable teensy guide to adorn your tree (or Festivus pole, as the CMOS editors suggest), complete with miniscule text that can be read only by the young and sharp-eyed. Here’s the CMOS ornament on this Content Bureau editor’s tree, taking pride of place next to her Hello Kitty ornament:

We can see taking the wordsmithing theme a bit farther in your holiday decorating scheme—perhaps red pens gaily cascading across your tree? And bold copy editing marks on Christmas cards from people who haven’t quite grasped the use of the possessive apostrophe? (Happy Holiday’s Holidays from the Pearson’s Pearsons!!!) Perhaps this last suggestion is over the top. But you get the idea.

Make sure to also read the CMOS staff’s clever retelling of “A Visit from St. Nicholas,” with this opening stanza:

‘Twas the night before editing class, when all through the house,
Not a Tumblr was stirring, not even about Leo Strauss.
Our Manual was hung by the Craigslist chair with care
In hopes that substantive freelance projects soon would be there.

is a member of the Content Bureau editorial team.


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