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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. I am copyediting an article about a brand of software. The article repeatedly uses the term dialog, but Merriam-Webster’s 11th Collegiate Dictionary prefers the spelling dialogue. However, the software uses dialog in all its documentation. Which spelling does CMOS prefer in this case? Thank you.

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. What is Chicago’s style for cyber plus noun (cyber attack, cyber security, cyber crime, cyber defenses, cyber warfare, etc.)?

Q. In formal writing, I have been shown by my coworkers that U.S. is the way to write United States. However, I was always told that very few abbreviations are to be used in formal writing, and the abbreviation U.S. should never be used in replacement of United States when writing federal documents.