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ABORIGINAL -- Capitalized
AMERICAN -- Refers to residents of the North
and South American
continents, not just the United
ECOTOURISM -- spelled as one word without hyphen. See
for usage and interpretation.
NORTH AMERICA -- Countries include Canada, Greenland,
Mexico, the United States and all of the Caribbean and Central
NUMBERS -- Spell out numbers less than 10, use digits
for numbers greater than 10. Do not use Roman Numerals. Example:
Instead of XIX century, use 19th century.
PUNCTUATION: COMMAS -- We do not require the
serial comma before the last item in a list. Example: "Canada,
Greenland and Australia," not "Canada, Greenland,
U.S. -- Abbreviation for the United States of America.
This is acceptable as an adjective, but not as a noun. Slang:
We accept "Usian" to describe a person from the USA.
WEBSITE -- This should be spelled as one word -- website.
Meters, miles, centimeters, kilometers -- spell out the words.
If you use an acronym, explain it. Put the acronym in parentheses
() after the first use. Examples
Use alumna when referring to one female graduate and
(alumnae in the plural), and alumnus for one male graduate (alumni
in the plural). Use alumni when referring to a group of men
AMERICAN VERSUS EUROPEAN ENGLISH
Most of the documents on this site are written in American English.
That said, for UK writers, we allow spellings such as "organisation"
Examples: We first traveled to Costa Rica in the 1980s. I returned
sometime in the '90s.
Use with caution. We are looking for a better word to describe
indigenous culture. We also do not use pre-hispanic and prehistory.
We prefer to call ruins 'archaeological sites'
When referring to something that can be counted, use 'more'
than rather than 'over.' The word over tends to refer to spatial
relationships. Examples: More than 20 companies have pledged
to support the forum. The plane flew over Ecuador.
Under discussion: We use the variant spelling "vender"
for no specific reason.
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