Posted by: episystechpubs | February 14, 2013

Editor’s Corner: Chicago Manual of Style Q&A

Here is my favorite question (and answer) from the February Chicago Manual of Style newsletter. (http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/qanda/latest.html) Somehow, they even manage to make the topic below sound a little stodgy. 🙂

Question: When referring to a zombie, should I use the relative pronoun who (which would refer to a person) or that (since, technically, the zombie is no longer living)? Essentially, does a zombie cease to become a “person” in the grammatical sense?

Answer: Let’s assume this is a serious question, in which case you, as the writer, get to decide just how much humanity (if any) and grammatical sense you wish to invest in said zombie. That will guide your choice of who or that.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Another “demotivator” from www.despair.com

Kara Church

Senior Technical Editor


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