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Q. I am editing an article in which two organizations are named. Each has the word “roundtable” in its name, but one is Round Table and the other is Roundtable. Should I leave the spellings as they are (and risk looking like I have made a mistake) or “nudge” the one into a single word?

Q. At the annual meeting of our local PBK chapter, dispute on the pronunciation of “archival” arose: whether the stress falls on the first or the second syllable. Give us your wisdom. I will pass it on in the column I write weekly in a local paper about any subject that pops into my head.

Q. What should be the average number of words in an instruction manual? This one explains the hidden meanings in seventy-eight drawings. Thanks.

Q. In a business salutation to Mr. and Mrs. Mike Stern, do we address the letter to Dear Mike and Irene or Dear Irene and Mike? Please advise.

Q. I’ve been unable to find any competent freelance editors. Do you offer any editing services?

Q. CMOS 7.49. Italics at first occurrence: “If a foreign word becomes familiar through repeated use throughout a work, it need be italicized only on its first occurrence. If it appears only rarely, however, italics may be retained.” What’s your reasoning?

Q. Hi there! I am working in the production department of a well-known publisher, and my manager and I are trying to subdue a sudden rash of blank recto pages. Are they or are they not permissible? Thank you!

Q. I’m not sure if this is covered by CMOS, but I don’t know who else can help me here. I’m creating a PowerPoint presentation on a publishing company, and in their brochure they classify novels, phrase books, and coffee table books under “trade publications.” Is this correct? I understand a trade publication to be material directed at a certain industry. Thank you for your help.

Q. One of our editors tells us that it is poor form to break a word to which a footnote is attached such that three letters or fewer fall at the beginning of the next line. According to this rule, “organ-ism.[1]” would be unacceptable, while “or-ganism.[1]” would be acceptable (with “[1]” being the footnote superscript). I have never seen this rule in print and would like to know whether this is, in fact, something that we should be on the lookout for.

Q. In a paper, I often use phrases like “the word good.” Should I italicize “good” throughout or only initially? If I use “good” as a word but don’t say “the word” before I use it this way, should I still italicize it?