Proper Names

Q. Does the CMOS have a preferred spelling list of prominent Iraqi proper names, cities, and towns? Different publications use different spellings, but I would like to adhere to the CMOS preferences.

A. No, sorry. CMOS is not the right place to list current spellings of the world’s cities—such a list would be out of date before the book hit the shelves. Style sheets from newspapers or news services like the Associated Press are better sources for this type of information.