CMOS FAQ Questions http://chicagomanualofstyle.org/ Latest CMOS FAQ Questions with links to the answers en-us Fri, 09 Dec 2016 06:00:00 GMT 60 http://chicagomanualofstyle.org/qanda/data/faq/topics/Documentation/faq0305.html Q. I’m wondering how to style a webinar series name and the title of an episode in that series. Should the series name be italicized and the episode title be in quotes? <p class="Q"><span class="Q_label">Q. </span>I&rsquo;m wondering how to style a webinar series name and the title of an episode in that series. Should the series name be italicized and the episode title be in quotes?</p> Tue, 06 Dec 2016 21:07:34 GMT http://chicagomanualofstyle.org/qanda/data/faq/topics/PossessivesandAttributives/faq0046.html Q. When referring to “the corps” as in the Army Corps of Engineers or the Peace Corps, what is the proper possessive form? For example, is it “the corps’ decision” or “the corps’s decision?” <p class="Q"><span class="Q_label">Q. </span>When referring to &ldquo;the corps&rdquo; as in the Army Corps of Engineers or the Peace Corps, what is the proper possessive form? For example, is it &ldquo;the corps&rsquo; decision&rdquo; or &ldquo;the corps&rsquo;s decision?&rdquo;</p> Tue, 06 Dec 2016 21:06:31 GMT http://chicagomanualofstyle.org/qanda/data/faq/topics/ManuscriptPreparation/faq0177.html Q. In a table, where would you put the row for Miscellaneous or Other if it has numbers large enough that if the rows were ordered by size, it would appear as row 2 or 3? Event type No. % Medication 1,045 55 Other 503 27 Surgery 241 13 Dietary 99 5 <p class="Q"><span class="Q_label">Q. </span>In a table, where would you put the row for <em>Miscellaneous</em> or <em>Other</em> if it has numbers large enough that if the rows were ordered by size, it would appear as row 2 or 3?</p> <table border="" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="width:106px"> <p><strong>Event type</strong></p> </td> <td style="width:83px"> <p style="text-align:right"><strong>No.</strong></p> </td> <td style="width:90px"> <p style="text-align:right"><strong>%</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width:106px"> <p>Medication</p> </td> <td style="width:83px"> <p style="text-align:right">1,045</p> </td> <td style="width:90px"> <p style="text-align:right">55</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width:106px"> <p>Other</p> </td> <td style="width:83px"> <p style="text-align:right">503</p> </td> <td style="width:90px"> <p style="text-align:right">27</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width:106px"> <p>Surgery</p> </td> <td style="width:83px"> <p style="text-align:right">241</p> </td> <td style="width:90px"> <p style="text-align:right">13</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width:106px"> <p>Dietary</p> </td> <td style="width:83px"> <p style="text-align:right">99</p> </td> <td style="width:90px"> <p style="text-align:right">5</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> Tue, 06 Dec 2016 21:03:39 GMT http://chicagomanualofstyle.org/qanda/data/faq/topics/Capitalization/faq0063.html Q. These two examples are given in CMOS section 6.77: “My name is Phyllis; that’s p-h-y-l-l-i-s.” “A proficient signer can fingerspell C-O-L-O-R-A-D-O in less than two seconds.” Why are the separated letters caps in one example but lowercase in the other? <p class="Q"><span class="Q_label">Q. </span>These two examples are given in <em>CMOS </em>section 6.77: &ldquo;My name is Phyllis; that&rsquo;s p-h-y-l-l-i-s.&rdquo; &ldquo;A proficient signer can fingerspell <span style="font-size:11px">C-O-L-O-R-A-D-O</span> in less than two seconds.&rdquo; Why are the separated letters caps in one example but lowercase in the other?</p> Tue, 06 Dec 2016 20:58:49 GMT http://chicagomanualofstyle.org/qanda/data/faq/topics/Abbreviations/faq0070.html Q. I came across the following footnote in a scientific table: “[A] cohort born &le; 2010, [B] cohort born &ge; 2011.” Is this an acceptable use of the &le; and &ge; symbols? <p class="Q"><span class="Q_label">Q. </span>I came across the following footnote in a scientific table: &ldquo;[A] cohort born &le; 2010, [B] cohort born &ge; 2011.&rdquo; Is this an acceptable use of the &le; and &ge; symbols?</p> Tue, 06 Dec 2016 20:57:30 GMT http://chicagomanualofstyle.org/qanda/data/faq/topics/Commas/faq0075.html Q. I have run across this type of construction frequently in a fiction manuscript I’m editing. It feels somehow wrong, but I can’t find any reason why it should be. “Next to the door stood a single guard, an ugly aardvark that was staring at the ground and didn’t see them approach.” A colon instead of the comma would feel better, but is that an unnecessary change? (And colons look rather formal in fictional narratives.) <p class="Q"><span class="Q_label">Q. </span>I have run across this type of construction frequently in a fiction manuscript I&rsquo;m editing. It feels somehow wrong, but I can&rsquo;t find any reason why it should be. &ldquo;Next to the door stood a single guard, an ugly aardvark that was staring at the ground and didn&rsquo;t see them approach.&rdquo; A colon instead of the comma would feel better, but is that an unnecessary change? (And colons look rather formal in fictional narratives.)</p> Tue, 06 Dec 2016 20:55:50 GMT http://chicagomanualofstyle.org/qanda/data/faq/topics/Usage/faq0311.html Q. Is the verb number correct in the following sentence? (I believe that are should be changed to is, but my French coeditor disagrees.) “A case in point are the representatives associated with the 1977 exhibition in New York.” Many thanks! <p class="Q"><span class="Q_label">Q. </span>Is the verb number correct in the following sentence? (I believe that <em>are</em> should be changed to <em>is</em>, but my French coeditor disagrees.) &ldquo;A case in point are the representatives associated with the 1977 exhibition in New York.&rdquo; Many thanks!</p> Tue, 06 Dec 2016 20:54:36 GMT http://chicagomanualofstyle.org/qanda/data/faq/topics/Documentation/faq0304.html Q. I am wondering why one needs to provide the URL for a journal or newspaper if one consults it online, but not the name of the library, say, if one consults it in print form? Typically everything about the articles is the same, and so the place where one found them should be irrelevant. Indeed, if I understand the logic, if one downloaded the PDF of a book, one would need to provide the URL, but if one made a PDF of a book and then read that, one wouldn’t have to. What am I missing? <p class="Q"><span class="Q_label">Q. </span>I am wondering why one needs to provide the URL for a journal or newspaper if one consults it online, but not the name of the library, say, if one consults it in print form? Typically everything about the articles is the same, and so the place where one found them should be irrelevant. Indeed, if I understand the logic, if one downloaded the PDF of a book, one would need to provide the URL, but if one made a PDF of a book and then read that, one wouldn&rsquo;t have to. What am I missing?</p> Tue, 06 Dec 2016 20:53:23 GMT http://chicagomanualofstyle.org/qanda/data/faq/topics/Capitalization/faq0062.html Q. I am drafting an editorial statement for a journal that adheres to CMOS and I’m not sure how to sign it. What is the proper capitalization of my title, co-Editor-in-Chief? Should it be “Jane Doe, co-Editor-in-Chief” or “Jane Doe, Co-editor-in-chief” or no capitalization at all? Does co- adhere to CMOS, or should our editorial leadership be simply “Editors-in-Chief” (and in that case, how would each editor refer to her individual title)? <p class="Q"><span class="Q_label">Q. </span>I am drafting an editorial statement for a journal that adheres to <em>CMOS</em> and I&rsquo;m not sure how to sign it. What is the proper capitalization of my title, co-Editor-in-Chief? Should it be &ldquo;Jane Doe, co-Editor-in-Chief&rdquo; or &ldquo;Jane Doe, Co-editor-in-chief&rdquo; or no capitalization at all? Does <em>co-</em> adhere to <em>CMOS</em>, or should our editorial leadership be simply &ldquo;Editors-in-Chief&rdquo; (and in that case, how would each editor refer to her individual title)?</p> Tue, 06 Dec 2016 20:49:39 GMT http://chicagomanualofstyle.org/qanda/data/faq/topics/Commas/faq0074.html Q. I’m new at this and want to learn all I can. Should there be a comma after Perhaps in the following sentence? “Perhaps I would never have had the opportunity for an education.” <p class="Q"><span class="Q_label">Q. </span>I&rsquo;m new at this and want to learn all I can. Should there be a comma after <em>Perhaps</em> in the following sentence? &ldquo;Perhaps I would never have had the opportunity for an education.&rdquo;</p> Tue, 06 Dec 2016 20:36:44 GMT http://chicagomanualofstyle.org/qanda/data/faq/topics/Punctuation/faq0110.html Q. A sentence in a manuscript: In a landmark collection of essays, The Division of the Kingdoms: Shakespeare’s Two Versions of “King Lear,” a range of scholars made the case . . . The book title is of course in italics—but then how does one treat that comma after Lear, and then the quote mark after the comma? Would the comma be in roman, and then the quote mark in italics? <p class="Q"><span class="Q_label">Q. </span>A sentence in a manuscript: In a landmark collection of essays, <em>The Division of the Kingdoms: Shakespeare&rsquo;s Two Versions of &ldquo;King Lear,&rdquo;</em> a range of scholars made the case . . . The book title is of course in italics&mdash;but then how does one treat that comma after <em>Lear</em>, and then the quote mark after the comma? Would the comma be in roman, and then the quote mark in italics?</p> Tue, 06 Dec 2016 20:35:37 GMT http://chicagomanualofstyle.org/qanda/data/faq/topics/Numbers/faq0040.html Q. I am writing a fictional piece that includes a discussion of the Fujita scale of tornado intensities. I am trying to write “318 miles an hour, the top wind speed of an F5 tornado.” I know the Manual wants most numbers spelled out up through 999, but writing “three-hundred-eighteen miles an hour” just doesn’t look right. <p class="Q"><span class="Q_label">Q. </span>I am writing a fictional piece that includes a discussion of the Fujita scale of tornado intensities. I am trying to write &ldquo;318 miles an hour, the top wind speed of an F5 tornado.&rdquo; I know the <em>Manual</em> wants most numbers spelled out up through 999, but writing &ldquo;three-hundred-eighteen miles an hour&rdquo; just doesn&rsquo;t look right.</p> Tue, 06 Dec 2016 20:34:21 GMT http://chicagomanualofstyle.org/qanda/data/faq/topics/Numbers/faq0039.html Q. This question/answer appeared in the November Q&A: Q. Which is the proper spelling of a generic age: 30s and 40s or 30’s and 40’s? A. Chicago’s preferred style is thirties and forties, but if you need to use numerals, we recommend leaving out the apostrophes. The answer states “we recommend leaving out the apostrophes.” Recommend means to advise, appearing to state that there is a choice, yet in the question, surely the apostrophes are incorrect according to the rule of grammar? Thank you, and by the way, what has happened to the fun quips that used to appear in the Q&A answers? <p class="Q"><span class="Q_label">Q. </span>This question/answer appeared in the November Q&amp;A:</p> <p class="indent_Q_pt5in">Q. Which is the proper spelling of a generic age: 30s and 40s or 30&rsquo;s and 40&rsquo;s?</p> <p class="indent_Q_pt5in">A. Chicago&rsquo;s preferred style is <em>thirties</em> and <em>forties</em>, but if you need to use numerals, we recommend leaving out the apostrophes.</p> <p class="Q">The answer states &ldquo;we recommend leaving out the apostrophes.&rdquo; <em>Recommend</em> means to advise, appearing to state that there is a choice, yet in the question, surely the apostrophes are incorrect according to the rule of grammar? Thank you, and by the way, what has happened to the fun quips that used to appear in the Q&amp;A answers?</p> Tue, 06 Dec 2016 20:32:26 GMT