Bill Walsh

Washington, D.C.

Copy editor

Bill Walsh was a copy editor and author of "Lapsing Into a Comma," "The Elephants of Style" and "Yes, I Could Care Less." He died on March 15, 2017.
Latest from Bill Walsh

Grammar Geekery: How to use dashes, ellipses and commas to create … a dramatic pause

Copy editor Bill Walsh explains which punctuation marks can be used to create a dramatic pause -- and how to use them correctly.

November 6, 2014

Grammar Geekery: Americans used to just ‘disappear.’ Now they ‘go missing,’ and British English is to blame.

Copy editor Bill Walsh takes up the case of 'went missing' and its sudden appearance in American English.

October 9, 2014

Grammar Geekery: Americans used to just ‘disappear.’ Now they ‘go missing,’ and British English is to blame.

Copy editor Bill Walsh takes up the case of ‘went missing’ and its sudden appearance in American English.

October 9, 2014

In ‘Bad English,’ language scholar Ammon Shea sticks it to the sticklers

A scholar sticks it to the sticklers when it comes to linguistic pet peeves.

June 10, 2014

‘Literally’ bothers me, too. But it’s not literally wrong.

How one word can mean two things.

August 22, 2013