Fake Chicago Manual of Style Twitter account still has some work to do

A parody Twitter account for the Chicago Manual of Style exists, and while so far it's only coughed up two tweets, the elements of a funny fake account are there:

The numbers, the knowing tone -- scrub a little of the Dorothy Parker aspiration and make a few optical spacing jokes (19.22), and this bad boy could take off. It seems unlikely that any stylebook parody could scale the heights Mark Hale and Ken Lowery's Fake AP Stylebook has -- a book deal, flattering profiles (1, 2) -- but who knows?

The Fake AP Stylebook account got the AP's more buttoned-up official product to lighten up; witness this amazing exchange from mid-February about Valentines' Day:

I've contacted the Chicago Manual of Style to see whether and how it's prepared to respond to this assault on its good name.

  • Andrew Beaujon

    Andrew Beaujon reported on the media for Poynter from 2012 to 2015. He was previously arts editor at TBD.com and managing editor of Washington City Paper. He's the author of the 2006 book "Body Piercing Saved My Life," about Christian rock and evangelical Christian culture.


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