The New York Times Manual of Style and Usage
Is the deejay a wannabe?
Or does the D.J. just want to be?
When is heaven capitalized?
Do you stand in line or on line?
For anyone who writes—short stories or business plans, book reports or news articles—knotty choices of spelling, grammar, punctuation, and meaning lurk in every line: Lay or lie? Who or whom? None is or none are? Is Touch-Tone a trademark? How about Day-Glo? It’s enough to send you in search of a Martini. (Or is that a martini?) Now everyone can find answers to these and thousands of other questions in the handy alphabetical guide used by the writers and editors of the world’s most authoritative newspaper.
The guidelines to hyphenation, punctuation, capitalization, and spelling are crisp and compact, created for instant reference in the rush of daily deadlines. This revised and expanded edition is updated with solutions to the tantalizing problems that plague writers in the new century:
* How to express the equality of the sexes without using self-conscious devices like “he or she.”
* How to choose thoughtfully between African-American and black; Hispanic and Latino; American Indian and Native American.
* How to translate the vocabulary of e-mail and cyberspace and cope with the eccentricities of Internet company names and website addresses.
With wry wit, the authors, who have more than seventy-five years of combined newsroom experience at the New York Times, have created an essential and entertaining reference tool.
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abbreviation acceptable adjective Agence France-Presse Agneau Agnello Air Force Airlines American Anyell apostrophe Arniotis ARTS TERMINOLOGY Ashley avoid Baranek Barany Berenich Bildots bishop Capitalize in reference Capitalize when referring charts chief Church College colloquial comma compounds formed context is clear copy Cordero Corporation Court COURTESY TITLES Daan datelines direct quotations EASTERN ORTHODOXY Episcopal ethnic example federal full name given name headlines Hispanic hyphenated Island jargon Jersey Karitsa Kikondoo Kuzu Lamb Lamm later references listed separately Lowercase means METRIC SYSTEM Miel million Milori modifier names of cities National noun numbers omit ordinarily organization Petty Officer phrase plural police prefix proper name punctuation quotation marks readers Roman Catholic Church Roman numerals sentence sergeant major singular slang specific spelling style suffix synonym tense term tion towns and counties trademark United uppercase usually verb World Wide Web write Yagyonak York York State Thruway