Use ﬁgures and capitalize page when used with a ﬁgure. When a letter is appended to the ﬁgure, capitalize it but do not use a hyphen: Page 4, Page 44, Page 20A.
See the entry in the punctuation section in The AP Stylebook.
part time vs. part-time
Apply the same rules as full time and full-time. In other words, hyphenate only when used as a compound modiﬁer: She works at the restaurant part time. She has a part-time job.
One word, no hyphen. Not per-cent. Always use ﬁgures with percents: 44 percent, 2 percent, etc.
See entry in The AP Stylebook.
Deﬁnitely no e. Ditto with tomato. Plural: potatoes, tomatoes.
No hyphen unless the word that follows begins with a vowel or is a proper noun. Predental, prelegal, premedical.
Recognizes donors who make gifts and pledge payments of $1,000 or more during a fiscal year.
Singular possessive; apostrophe before s.
Use only when referring speciﬁcally to the print medium. Otherwise, use news media (for both print and broadcast). In particular: news release.
principal vs. principle
Principal is a noun and adjective meaning someone or something ﬁrst in authority, rank, importance or degree: She is the school principal. He was the principal player in the trade. Or a capital sum placed at interest, due as a debt or used as a fund. A portion of the annual income payment is a tax-free return of principal.
Principle is a noun that means a fundamental truth, law, doctrine or motivating force: They fought for the principle of self-determination.
Two words, no italics.
Two words, no italics.
Never abbreviate and, as with other titles, capitalize only when it precedes a name: Professor of Journalism Tony Pederson praised the student for his excellent feature story, but Tony Pederson, professor of journalism, praised the student for his work.
However, capitalize the formal name of an endowed chair whether it is placed before or after the name: Harold W. Stanley, Geurin-Pettus Distinguished Chair in American Politics and Political Economy, gave the lecture.
Capitalize when referring to a named SMU program. The Embrey Human Rights Program is popular with students. The Program continues to grow.
Elizabeth Perkins Prothro Hall on first reference. Prothro Hall is acceptable on subsequent references.
See the punctuation entry in The AP Stylebook.
Not racquet, when referring to the piece of sports equipment used in tennis, squash, badminton, etc.
For clarity and consistency, use ﬁgures and hyphens: the ratio was 4-to-1, a ratio of 4-to-1, a 4-1 ratio. As shown, the word to should be omitted when the numbers precede the word ratio. Always use the word ratio or a phrase such as a 2-1 majority to avoid confusion with actual ﬁgures.
Capitalize the proper names of monotheistic deities: God, Allah, the Father, the Son, Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Redeemer, the Holy Spirit, etc.
Lowercase, however, pronouns referring to the deity: he, him, his, thee, thou, who, whose, thy, etc.
Lowercase gods in referring to the deities of polytheistic religions, but capitalize the proper names of pagan gods and goddesses: Neptune, Thor, Venus, etc.
Lowercase such words and phrases as god-awful, godlike, godliness and godsend.
See the religious references entry in The AP Stylebook for more guidance on this topic.
The ﬁrst reference to a clergyman or clergywoman normally should include a capitalized title before the individual's name. In many cases, the Reverend is the designation that applies before a name on ﬁrst reference.
Only use the Reverend Dr. if the individual has an earned doctoral degree and reference to the degree is relevant.
Because Rio means "river" in Spanish, Rio Grande stands alone. Don't use Rio Grande River.
Acceptable for all references to the Reserve Ofﬁcers' Training Corps, a nationwide program on many college campuses aimed at preparing young men and women to become ofﬁcers in the U.S. armed services.
If reference to a speciﬁc service branch is necessary, use the following forms: Army ROTC or Air Force ROTC (no periods). Although SMU offers only the Army and Air Force versions (Air Force ROTC is offered through the University of North Texas, in conjunction with SMU), other colleges and universities also may offer Navy ROTC. (Navy ROTC includes those training for careers in both the Navy and the Marine Corps.) Do not use the abbreviations AROTC, AFROTC, or NROTC.