A World without 'Whom'
by Emmy Favilla
Pub Date 16 Nov 2017
A World Without "Whom" is Eats, Shoots & Leaves for the internet age, and BuzzFeed global copy chief Emmy Favilla is the witty go-to style guru of webspeak.
As language evolves faster than ever before, what is the future of "correct" writing? When 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 actually use language IRL.
With wry cleverness and an uncanny intuition for the possibilities of internet-age expression, Favilla makes a 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. Featuring priceless emoji strings, sidebars, quizzes, and style debates among the most lovable word nerds in the digital media world--of which Favilla is queen--A World Without "Whom" is essential for readers and writers of all kinds, including of posts, tweets, texts, emails, and whatever comes next . . . so basically everyone.
Emmy J. Favilla joined the BuzzFeed team in 2012 and is now copy chief. She is also the original 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 magazine, Teen Vogue, and Natural Health. She lives in New York City with two cats, two dogs, and two rabbits.