For those of you who don’t know, every month the good people at the Chicago Manual of Style publish a series of Q&A about Chicago style–providing As to readers’ Qs, obviously.
Reading through the Q&A is a good way to refresh your knowledge on a wide variety of Chicago style points. It also provides an opportunity to laugh evilly at the questioners and speculate on topics such as oh this question is so obvious why did they even need to ask? or gracious this question is so nonsensical, this asker can’t even be a real copyeditor, or oh my goodness, the poor dupe, his question only reveals the depths of his ignorance, etc. etc.
For those such as myself, who would never take pleasure in feeling smarter than others, reading the Q&A is purely a way of increasing our knowledge.
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