British v Amer style in grammar

Unpacking CMOS: British vs. American Style

Hannah Comerford Editing Tips, Grammar, Writing Tips

Blame Downton Abbey or Kate Middleton’s beautiful wedding, or the fact that we owe over 1,700 English words to Shakespeare. Anglophilia (or love of all things English) is alive and well in much of the United States, and many British rules and styles have crept into common usage in our writing. Let’s take a look at some of the differences between American and British grammar, as explained by The Chicago Manual of Style.

Titles of Works CMOS standards

Unpacking CMOS: Titles of Works

Hannah Comerford Editing Tips, Grammar, Writing Tips

Standards for writing titles, such as capitalization and italicization, make it easier for the reader to understand what the writer is communicating. Yet with the rise of easily published, unproofed text and social media that doesn’t allow for italics, a writer can miss a lot of these standards—or simply not know them. Check out the latest installment in our “Unpacking CMOS” series to find out what our favorite style guide recommends for dealing with titles of works.

Writing tips for good usage vs common usage

Unpacking CMOS: Good Usage versus Common Usage

Jordan Wagenet Editing Tips, Grammar, Writing Tips

CMOS 5.250, “Good usage versus common usage,” is one of the lengthiest sections in CMOS’s seventeenth edition. It illuminates tricky words and phrases that are commonly used incorrectly in American writing. Learning the proper style for these terms will ensure you don’t confuse your readers and embarrass yourself with erroneous word choice.

A Primer on Writing about Time

Rachel Diebel Grammar, Writing Tips

Time is such an integral part of our experience as humans . . . we run out of time, time is money, time heals, time flies. But there are often inconsistencies or variations in how we write about time. Review this guideline to brush up on accepted standards, and find out whether you should be using “daylight savings” or “daylight saving” time.

A Style Guide for Every Writer

Zach Wolfe Martin Editing Tips, Grammar, Technical Writing, Writing Tips

Style guides are a critical element to help content producers keep their writing consistent and facilitate easier collaboration on documents. They provide guidance on everything from capitalization and punctuation to correct citation formats and use of numbers. But first you must decide which style guide is right for you.