Still ranting even though I'm done with the copyedits.
Shall I tell you what annoys me about Chicago Manual of Style?
– Words ending in 's' are made possessive by adding another 's'. The Jones's anachronism. Jesus's sake. Gus's furtive plaint. The ladies's favorite carol.
– Shades of color cannot be described in hyphened words. No blue-green sea monsters, red-orange incendiaries, purple-black bruises. You can call the frock an Alice-blue dress or a mustard-colored dress, but it's gotta be a blue green dress or a red and yellow striped dress.
– Adverbs modifying adjectives are not hyphened. No tightly-knit plots, only tightly knit plots. No determinedly-unpleasant villains, only determinedly unpleasant villains.
– You can cap organizations, but not titles. The Ladies Gardening Club is capped. The dowager empress of China is not.
These are not good choices. They do not contribute to clarity. They are ugly and clunky decisions. Yuck.