If you're like many people, the breath of fresh air that is seasonal style change can feel more like an arctic blast, chilling you to the bone and shoving you in directions that you'd rather not go. Fortunately, there is a safe harbor for the steadfast soul: the Chicago Manual of Style.
From its humble beginning in 1891 as a single-page in-house style sheet for the University of Chicago Press, the CMOS has slowly grown into a behemoth volume of more than one thousand pages. Now in its sixteenth edition (2010), the CMOS is considered "the industry leader on style matters."
To keep pace with expanding knowledge, perspectives, and vocabulary within the publishing industry, the CMOS editorial staff utilizes an advisory board composed of authors, scholars, and publishing and business professionals. Users of the Manual have also provided input, making the current edition and its online counterpart the most up-to-date and comprehensive style guide available.
While trends may sizzle, shizzle, and quickly fizzle, the rules of written style are never swayed by the fickle winds of fashion. If stability is what you seek, the Chicago Manual of Style is your cornerstone.
Until next time, duckies; bundle up, buckle down, and remember---a well-turned phrase is always in style!
As snow continues to fall, the Style Maven considers starting the fashion of wearing multiple layers of quilts while burrowing under wool blankets. You can read about her adventures as The Procraftinator at www.kofo.com.