A World Without 'Whom': The Essential Guide to Language in the Buzzfeed Age

Author(s): Emmy J. Favilla

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Eats, Shoots & Leaves for the internet age As language evolves faster than ever before, what is the future of `correct' writing? When Emmy Favilla was tasked with creating a styleguide for BuzzFeed, she opted for spelling, grammar and punctuation guidelines that would reflect how readers actually use language IRL. With wry humour and an uncanny intuition for the possibilities of internet-age expression, Favilla makes a case for breaking the stuffy rules that have hitherto defined our relationship with language. Featuring priceless emoji strings, sidebars, quizzes and style debates among the most lovable word nerds of the digital media world - of which Favilla is the go-to style guru - A World Without "Whom" is essential for readers and writers of posts, tweets, texts, emails and whatever comes next.

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Eats, Shoots & Leaves for the internet age

What a fab book. If Emmy Favilla ever seeks adoption, give her my number. Not enough panda jokes, but otherwise hahahahaha -- Lynne Truss, author of Eats, Shoots & Leaves


Whether you're a person ‘for whom’ the rapid changes to language since the invent of social media is exciting or indeed, disturbing, this book will have you riveted. Written by the chief copy editor for BuzzFeed, and telling the story behind a handbook Buzzfeed had her write as a guide for companies to exploit modern day language trends on the internet. Should language be fixed, or has it always been fluid? Fascinating stuff for all modern day communicating humans.

Amarina, The Book Grocer


Emmy J. Favilla joined the BuzzFeed team in 2012 and is now global copy chief. She is also the creator of the BuzzFeed Style Guide, which garnered a great deal of media attention as the unofficial "style guide for the internet" when it went public in 2014. A New York University graduate, Favilla has worked as a copy editor at Seventeen, Teen Vogue, and Natural Health. She lives in New York City with a cat, a dog, and two rabbits.

General Fields

  • : 9781408895023
  • : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • : October 2017
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Emmy J. Favilla
  • : Paperback
  • : 400