CMOS FAQ Questions http://chicagomanualofstyle.org/ Latest CMOS FAQ Questions with links to the answers en-us Tue, 03 Aug 2021 05:00:00 GMT 60 https://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/qanda/data/faq/topics/Compounds/faq0026.html Q. Does CMOS prefer “best seller” and “best-selling” per the dictionary spelling (over AP style of one word, no hyphen, for both)? <p class="Q"><span class="Q_label">Q.</span> Does <em>CMOS</em> prefer &ldquo;best seller&rdquo; and &ldquo;best-selling&rdquo; per the dictionary spelling (over AP style of one word, no hyphen, for both)?</p> Sun, 01 Aug 2021 14:47:21 GMT https://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/qanda/data/faq/topics/Documentation/faq0390.html Q. Are URLs always included in a first footnote citation in Chicago style? (Full disclosure: I hate it! It makes the page footers look like a bunch of gobbledegook.) I know that style is always evolving, but this practice seems like a redundancy when the URLs are in the bibliography. Any insight would be appreciated. <p class="Q"><span class="Q_label">Q.</span> Are URLs always included in a first footnote citation in Chicago style? (Full disclosure: I hate it! It makes the page footers look like a bunch of gobbledegook.) I know that style is always evolving, but this practice seems like a redundancy when the URLs are in the bibliography. Any insight would be appreciated.</p> Sun, 01 Aug 2021 14:45:33 GMT https://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/qanda/data/faq/topics/Capitalization/faq0106.html Q. According to several sources, the word “Indigenous” should be capitalized when referring directly to Indigenous peoples. However, I am uncertain as to whether this term should be capitalized when referring to aspects of Indigenous society, such as Indigenous/indigenous artistic and cultural traditions. Thank you. <p class="Q"><span class="Q_label">Q.</span> According to several sources, the word &ldquo;Indigenous&rdquo; should be capitalized when referring directly to Indigenous peoples. However, I am uncertain as to whether this term should be capitalized when referring to aspects of Indigenous society, such as Indigenous/indigenous artistic and cultural traditions. Thank you.</p> Sun, 01 Aug 2021 14:44:10 GMT https://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/qanda/data/faq/topics/Commas/faq0100.html Q. I work with many first-time authors, and many of them want to argue about commas. Of course as author, they have the final decision of their own work .&nbsp;.&nbsp;. but I keep running into the idea of breath: “My high school English teacher taught me that commas go where you want to take a breath, so that’s why this comma should be here.” What would you say to these authors? <p class="Q"><span class="Q_label">Q.</span> I work with many first-time authors, and many of them want to argue about commas. Of course as author, they have the final decision of their own work .&nbsp;.&nbsp;. but I keep running into the idea of breath: &ldquo;My high school English teacher taught me that commas go where you want to take a breath, so that&rsquo;s why this comma should be here.&rdquo; What would you say to these authors?</p> Sun, 01 Aug 2021 14:40:31 GMT https://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/qanda/data/faq/topics/Usage/faq0379.html Q. Hello! I understand that when an indefinite pronoun like “everything” is the subject of a clause, it takes a singular verb (per CMOS 5.67). But I’m stumped by the following sentence, whose compound subject is composed of two indefinite pronouns: “Everything we say and everything we do [is/are] built on this idea.” Does it take a singular or a plural verb? The singular sounds better to my ear, but the plural seems like the logical choice. <p class="Q"><span class="Q_label">Q.</span> Hello! I understand that when an indefinite pronoun like &ldquo;everything&rdquo; is the subject of a clause, it takes a singular verb (per <a href="https://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/book/ed17/part2/ch05/psec067.html" target="_blank"><em>CMOS</em> 5.67</a>). But I&rsquo;m stumped by the following sentence, whose compound subject is composed of two indefinite pronouns: &ldquo;Everything we say and everything we do [is/are] built on this idea.&rdquo; Does it take a singular or a plural verb? The singular sounds better to my ear, but the plural seems like the logical choice.</p> Sun, 01 Aug 2021 14:38:35 GMT https://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/qanda/data/faq/topics/Capitalization/faq0105.html Q. I cannot find anything in CMOS to corroborate my hunch that a capital should be used in cases like the following: (1) “Please note: It is important to unplug the appliance after using it.” (2) “Hint: You may not need all the letters to solve the puzzle.” (3) In the acknowledgments section of a book, “Jennifer, James, and Joe: Thank you for all your support.” Some might argue that the word following the colon in each of those instances should begin lowercase, as in the second example under paragraph 6.61, but that doesn’t seem right to me. Thanks for your help. <p class="Q"><span class="Q_label">Q.</span> I cannot find anything in <em>CMOS</em> to corroborate my hunch that a capital should be used in cases like the following: (1) &ldquo;Please note: It is important to unplug the appliance after using it.&rdquo; (2) &ldquo;Hint: You may not need all the letters to solve the puzzle.&rdquo; (3) In the acknowledgments section of a book, &ldquo;Jennifer, James, and Joe: Thank you for all your support.&rdquo; Some might argue that the word following the colon in each of those instances should begin lowercase, as in the second example under <a href="https://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/book/ed17/part2/ch06/psec061.html" target="_blank">paragraph 6.61</a>, but that doesn&rsquo;t seem right to me. Thanks for your help.</p> Sun, 01 Aug 2021 14:34:27 GMT https://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/qanda/data/faq/topics/Plurals/faq0040.html Q. What is the plural of a last name ending in a silent x? I just read an article using “the Robidouxes” and wondered if it should be “the Robidouxs” or “the Robidoux.” Thank you for your response. <p class="Q"><span class="Q_label">Q.</span> What is the plural of a last name ending in a silent <em>x</em>? I just read an article using &ldquo;the Robidouxes&rdquo; and wondered if it should be &ldquo;the Robidouxs&rdquo; or &ldquo;the Robidoux.&rdquo; Thank you for your response.</p> Sun, 01 Aug 2021 14:32:02 GMT