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A World Without "Whom": The Essential Guide to Language in the BuzzFeed Age

Emmy J. Favilla

As language evolves faster than ever before, what is the future of correct writing? When editor Emmy J. Favilla was tasked with creating a style guide for BuzzFeed, she opted for spelling, grammar, and punctuation guidelines that would reflect not only the site’s lighthearted tone, but also how readers use language in the age of social media, memes, emojis, and web slang. With wry humor, Favilla makes the case for breaking the rules laid out by Strunk and White: a world without “whom,” she argues, is a world with more room for writing that’s clear, timely, pleasurable, and politically aware. For fans of Lynne Truss's Eats, Shoots & Leaves (2004).

A World Without "Whom"