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ABORIGINAL -- Capitalized

AMERICAN -- Refers to residents of the North and South American continents, not just the United States.

ECOTOURISM -- spelled as one word without hyphen. See definitions for usage and interpretation.

NORTH AMERICA -- Countries include Canada, Greenland, Mexico, the United States and all of the Caribbean and Central America.

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, and Australia."

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.

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ABBREVIATIONS
Meters, miles, centimeters, kilometers -- spell out the words.

ACRONYMS
If you use an acronym, explain it. Put the acronym in parentheses () after the first use. Examples

ALUMNAE/I
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 and women.

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" and "practises"

APOSTROPHE
Examples: We first traveled to Costa Rica in the 1980s. I returned sometime in the '90s.

PRE-COLUMBIAN
Use with caution. We are looking for a better word to describe indigenous culture. We also do not use pre-hispanic and prehistory.
b Pre-Columbian - Wikipedia

RUINS
We prefer to call ruins 'archaeological sites'

MORE THAN/OVER
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.

VENDER/VENDOR
Under discussion: We use the variant spelling "vender" for no specific reason.

REFERENCES

g Definitions
g Ecotourism Glossary
g Writers' Guidelines
g Translation Software and Dictionaries
b AP Style Book
b Style Guidelines - Wikipedia

 

DICTIONARIES

g Traveler's English-Spanish Dictionary
b Devil's Dictionary - Ambrose Bierce
b Dictionary.com
b Merriam-Webster Online
b Netlingo
b Linktionary
b webopedia

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