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Q. Is it ever okay to use further to denote a greater distance? I know that farther is technically correct for this scenario, but I also know that this distinction is fairly recent, and that some great writers have used further to denote a greater distance.

Q. I wonder which you think is best: Key Lime pie, Key lime pie, or key lime pie?

Q. Please help me! I am arguing with my publisher. I say that “back seat” is correct, and she says it’s “backseat.” Please tell me which is correct, and thank you.

Q. In two different writers’ group meetings, two writers told me that “OK” should be spelled “okay.” Both said it was because that’s what Chicago Manual of Style calls for, but I can’t find this in CMOS. My training (newspaper, mind you, so AP style) is to use first-listed spelling, and “OK” is first-listed in every dictionary I checked. Has Chicago ever specified “okay,” or are these ladies confusing their publishers’ house styles with that of CMOS?

Q. Why is it so hard to find things in CMOS?

Q. If you are referring to a specific war, like World War II, do you capitalize the word war even when you’re not attaching the full title, or leave it uncapitalized? For example, should I capitalize or not in the following sentence? The political fallout from the war was that Russia occupied East Germany.

Q. What is the CMOS position on how to reference the titles of posters (such as those presented at professional conferences) in the body of a document? Should the title be in quotation marks, italicized, or something else?

Q. I edit in the field of foods quite frequently and I see family-sized portion or medium-sized bowl and I’m inclined to think hyphenation with size should follow more after fun-size candy bar, but I haven’t come across any ruling one way or the other. Where I can, I delete it entirely (medium bowl) but other times it just really works to use a hyphenated phrase. I didn’t see a clear ruling or related ruling in the 7.85 chart. I also read through 5.91 phrasal adjectives and point 5 seemed the closest to addressing the issue. Perhaps sized reduces to size when hyphenated? I welcome and thank you for any answers to this question.

Q. Is sizable or sizeable the preferred American English spelling? Our searches have come up with conflicting answers.

Q. Hello. I wonder where in the CMOS might lie hidden the answer to the following question: should I refer readers to “Table 1, in contrast to Tables 2 and 3,” or to “Table 1, in contrast to tables 2 and 3”? In other words, should all items in a numbered series such as tables, sections, chapters, etc., be capitalized in such references? A minipoll among colleagues has yielded mixed results; hence my appeal to the Ultimate Authority in Such Matters.