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Please explain “I Am America (And So Can You!)”

As a non-native speaker, I found Stephen Colbert’s book title I Am America (And So Can You!) a little hard to dissect. Why so can you? Why isn’t it So Are You? What’s the full phrase that And So Can ...
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“Play it as it lays” or “play it as it lies”

The title of Joan Didion's book Play It as It Lays has thrown me off since I first heard it. Shouldn't it be Play It as It Lies? I have read through a related post on the subject of lay vs. lie and ...
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Should I write Orwell's '1984' in full? [closed]

Should I write 'Nineteen Eighty-Four', when discussing George Orwell's novel in an essay, or '1984'? Is it considered unconventional, or overly colloquial to use the latter form? This question ...
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Through a Glass, Clearly / A Scanner Darkly / In a Mirror, Darkly / etc

I've seen a pattern in a couple of titles. Asimov has a book called "Through a Glass, Clearly". Philip Dick wrote "A Scanner Darkly". Star Trek has the episode "In a Mirror, Darkly" Agatha Christy ...
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Meaning of “cookbook” in title of instructional book

I see many instructional books where the title of the book includes cookbook! What is the meaning of cookbook in this situation? Example: Python Testing Cookbook.
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Book Title With Exclamation Mark Followed by a comma

I was wondering if the following sentence is written correct for an essay: From 1607 to 1700, according to Eric Foner in his book Give Me Liberty!, over half a million people migrated to America ...
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How do I style book titles in a block of italicized text?

Book titles, among others, are commonly written in italics. She had read this quote in Pride and Prejudice. But what should I do if a title appears in a block of text that is already italicized, ...
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How to correctly capitalize words inside of brackets/parentheses in article names and book titles?

How do I correctly capitalize words inside of brackets/parentheses in names and titles? A few examples: Captain America (untold stories) Captain America (Untold Stories) Madonna (written ...
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What does the phrase “DV-Undefined” and the phrase “DV-MPS General” mean in book titles

I'm looking at a couple of books on Amazon and the they have some weird parts in the title. see: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/0735611319/ref=cm_rdp_product http://www.amazon.co.uk/Code-Hidden-...
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Meaning of the full title of Darwin's “On the origin of species”

The full title of Darwin's work "On the origin of species" is: "On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life". My ...
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Where/when did the use of “I,” in story titles begin? Ex: (I, Robot, and I, Frankenstein)

For awhile I've noticed that there have frequently been different stories in different mediums, but especially in literature, where the title begins with "I," followed by a noun or name. I was ...
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Help with CD title for Swedish historical society

I would be very grateful for some help with this title for a CD. "Andrew & Elsa Peterson – the genuine pioneer story" The CD issuers from a historical society want to put the above as title. I'...
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Bust confusions? [closed]

I'm wondering if we can say 'bust confusions', as in the title 'Common Grammar Confusions Busted!' Thank you! Yatt
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Is it OK to omit one “the” if there are two in the title of a book/story?

This is the title of a short story I'm writing: The Sunday Earthquake and the Red Planet in the Sky I don't know why, but I think it reads better if I remove of the "thes": Sunday Earthquake ...
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Putting a title in quotes — is it still italicized?

When referencing the title of something (which is normally italicized) in quotes, is it written like this: David Guggenheim uses the title "Waiting for Superman" or like this? David ...
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Formatting a Title of a Book within a Book

How do I refer to a book-in-a-book? Which of the following is correct? (as my own writing) Monte Becket is famous for Martin Blight. Monte Becket is famous for "Martin Blight." Monte ...
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Confusion about book title capitalization [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Which words in a title should be capitalized? Why are some book titles written with all letters in all words capitalized, while others choose to capitalize some words in ...
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Name of the book containing many styles of the same sentence?

I remember in my English class several years ago where our teacher printed out a chapter of a book from a famous writer. The chapter was just a list of the (semantically) same sentence, but written in ...
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How can I express this, “When sword emitted fire” [closed]

I have to decide a title, I want to convey of the idea of a legendary sword which emits fire/ befalling curse on the enemies. I want a more impressive word for emitted. And also I need a "when" so I ...