CMOS FAQ Questions http://chicagomanualofstyle.org/ Latest CMOS FAQ Questions with links to the answers en-us Mon, 22 Oct 2018 05:00:00 GMT 60 https://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/qanda/data/faq/topics/Commas/faq0083.html Q. I belong to an editing group. In these two sentences, we believe the commas belong. Is there a name/description for this or a rule you can direct us to? “It’s what makes a barn, a barn.” “Whatever will be, will be.” That comma. <p class="Q"><span class="Q_label">Q. </span>I belong to an editing group. In these two sentences, we believe the commas belong. Is there a name/description for this or a rule you can direct us to? &ldquo;It&rsquo;s what makes a barn, a barn.&rdquo; &ldquo;Whatever will be, will be.&rdquo; That comma.</p> Tue, 02 Oct 2018 21:23:41 GMT https://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/qanda/data/faq/topics/CapitalizationTitles/faq0081.html Q. Dear CMOS, would you please clarify 8.191 in the following example? I understand that Wikipedia should be roman, because it was never available in print. I also understand that The Chicago Manual of Style Online should be in italics, because there are both print and online editions. However, in practice, I find myself with sentences like this, which look “wrong”: “Comparing Music Index and RILM Abstracts with Music Periodical Index for music education topics is challenging.” In this example, which is coming up a lot in a book chapter I’m writing, would you italicize all three? And then, for consistency, would you italicize all three even when they are not together? <p class="Q"><span class="Q_label">Q. </span>Dear <em>CMOS</em>, would you please clarify <a href="https://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/book/ed17/part2/ch08/psec191.html" target="_blank">8.191</a> in the following example? I understand that Wikipedia should be roman, because it was never available in print. I also understand that <em>The Chicago Manual of Style Online</em> should be in italics, because there are both print and online editions. However, in practice, I find myself with sentences like this, which look &ldquo;wrong&rdquo;: &ldquo;Comparing <em>Music Index</em> and <em>RILM Abstracts</em> with Music Periodical Index for music education topics is challenging.&rdquo; In this example, which is coming up a lot in a book chapter I&rsquo;m writing, would you italicize all three? And then, for consistency, would you italicize all three even when they are not together?</p> Tue, 02 Oct 2018 21:22:39 GMT https://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/qanda/data/faq/topics/Documentation/faq0349.html Q. I am trying to document a long-standing journal which has undergone numerous title changes and publication sites. What title should I use for the multiple journal entries in the bibliography: the current title for all the entries or the title that was in use at the time of the issue publication? I have verified with the publisher that all the title variations (and differing places of publication) do indeed belong to the same journal. The changes are not extreme: no subtitle to a rather generic title or various subtitles attached to the generic main title. <p class="Q"><span class="Q_label">Q. </span>I am trying to document a long-standing journal which has undergone numerous title changes and publication sites. What title should I use for the multiple journal entries in the bibliography: the current title for all the entries or the title that was in use at the time of the issue publication? I have verified with the publisher that all the title variations (and differing places of publication) do indeed belong to the same journal. The changes are not extreme: no subtitle to a rather generic title or various subtitles attached to the generic main title.</p> Tue, 02 Oct 2018 21:21:43 GMT https://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/qanda/data/faq/topics/PossessivesandAttributives/faq0054.html Q. In reply to the question of whether it should be “the Rangers hockey game” or “the Rangers’ hockey game,” you basically said that both are acceptable but the former is slightly preferred. I’d like to point out two things that make the former even more preferable. (1) The Rangers play more than one hockey game (and more than one per season), so you can never attend the Rangers hockey game, but only a Rangers hockey game. (2) A hockey game isn’t really a possession of the Rangers like their rink, but is rather an event (something incorporeal) that is merely highly associated with the Rangers, and whose association with the Rangers is only 50 percent (the other 50 percent of the association is with the opposing team). <p class="Q"><span class="Q_label">Q. </span>In reply to the <a href="https://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/qanda/data/faq/topics/PossessivesandAttributives/faq0015.html" target="_blank">question</a> of whether it should be &ldquo;the Rangers hockey game&rdquo; or &ldquo;the Rangers&rsquo; hockey game,&rdquo; you basically said that both are acceptable but the former is slightly preferred. I&rsquo;d like to point out two things that make the former even more preferable. (1) The Rangers play more than one hockey game (and more than one per season), so you can never attend <em>the</em> Rangers hockey game, but only <em>a</em> Rangers hockey game. (2) A hockey game isn&rsquo;t really a possession of the Rangers like their rink, but is rather an event (something incorporeal) that is merely highly associated with the Rangers, and whose association with the Rangers is only 50 percent (the other 50 percent of the association is with the opposing team).</p> Tue, 02 Oct 2018 21:20:21 GMT https://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/qanda/data/faq/topics/Documentation/faq0348.html Q. How do you cite a speech that is out of copyright? <p class="Q"><span class="Q_label">Q. </span>How do you cite a speech that is out of copyright?</p> Tue, 02 Oct 2018 21:19:12 GMT https://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/qanda/data/faq/topics/Usage/faq0352.html Q. One of your inquirers included the sentence “Most people only know the one reality they’ve lived.” (This was not the subject of the person’s inquiry, which was well answered.) Should it not be “Most people know only the one reality”? “Most people only know” would imply they know it, but do not appreciate it, do not embrace it, do not examine it, etc. “Most people know only the one reality” would imply that they know the one reality but not others, almost certainly what the writer intended. <p class="Q"><span class="Q_label">Q. </span>One of your inquirers included the sentence &ldquo;Most people only know the one reality they&rsquo;ve lived.&rdquo; (This was not the subject of the person&rsquo;s inquiry, which was well answered.) Should it not be &ldquo;Most people know only the one reality&rdquo;? &ldquo;Most people only know&rdquo; would imply they know it, but do not appreciate it, do not embrace it, do not examine it, etc. &ldquo;Most people know only the one reality&rdquo; would imply that they know the one reality but not others, almost certainly what the writer intended.</p> Tue, 02 Oct 2018 21:00:11 GMT https://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/qanda/data/faq/topics/Compounds/faq0025.html Q. I work at an arts organization that has two artistic directors. Should I refer to them as “co-artistic directors” or “artistic co-directors”? <p class="Q"><span class="Q_label">Q. </span>I work at an arts organization that has two artistic directors. Should I refer to them as &ldquo;co-artistic directors&rdquo; or &ldquo;artistic co-directors&rdquo;?</p> Tue, 02 Oct 2018 20:58:59 GMT https://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/qanda/data/faq/topics/CMOS/faq0011.html Q. What is the difference between Garner’s Modern English Usage, Garner’s Chicago Guide to Grammar, Usage, and Punctuation, and The Chicago Manual of Style? <p class="Q"><span class="Q_label">Q. </span>What is the difference between <em>Garner&rsquo;s Modern English Usage</em>, Garner&rsquo;s <em>Chicago Guide to Grammar, Usage, and Punctuation</em>, and <em>The Chicago Manual of Style</em>?</p> Tue, 02 Oct 2018 20:57:58 GMT https://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/qanda/data/faq/topics/PossessivesandAttributives/faq0053.html Q. Should the possessive form of Los Angeles include the extra s? As a Spanish term, the city’s name is a singular noun, plural in form, but if we consider it fully anglicized, does it then count as a regular singular? Or does the plural form carry through? <p class="Q"><span class="Q_label">Q. </span>Should the possessive form of <em>Los Angeles</em> include the extra <em>s</em>? As a Spanish term, the city&rsquo;s name is a singular noun, plural in form, but if we consider it fully anglicized, does it then count as a regular singular? Or does the plural form carry through?</p> Tue, 02 Oct 2018 20:57:07 GMT https://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/qanda/data/faq/topics/Punctuation/faq0125.html Q. For catalog copy, how would I write inches symbols with a period at the end of a sentence? (The client wants symbols rather than to spell out inches. That is nondebatable.) 5&#39;&#39; &times; 4&#39;&#39;. or 5&#39;&#39; &times; 4.&#39;&#39; The client says it’s the latter. I say NO WAY. I think the hash marks are not to be confused with an end-quote mark. Please!!! Please!!! Can someone help me out here? <p class="Q"><span class="Q_label">Q. </span>For catalog copy, how would I write inches symbols with a period at the end of a sentence? (The client wants symbols rather than to spell out <em>inches</em>. That is nondebatable.)</p> <p class="indent_Q_pt5in">5&#39;&#39; &times; 4&#39;&#39;.<br /> or<br /> 5&#39;&#39; &times; 4.&#39;&#39;</p> <p class="Q">The client says it&rsquo;s the latter. I say NO WAY. I think the hash marks are not to be confused with an end-quote mark. Please!!! Please!!! Can someone help me out here?</p> Tue, 02 Oct 2018 20:26:47 GMT https://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/qanda/data/faq/topics/Usage/faq0351.html Q. When I see the sign OVERSIZE LOAD on the back of trucks, it feels grammatically incorrect. Shouldn’t it be OVERSIZED LOAD or OVER-SIZED LOAD? Please tell me so I can either smirk when I see this sign or apologize to my family. <p class="Q"><span class="Q_label">Q. </span>When I see the sign OVERSIZE LOAD on the back of trucks, it feels grammatically incorrect. Shouldn&rsquo;t it be OVERSIZED LOAD or OVER-SIZED LOAD? Please tell me so I can either smirk when I see this sign or apologize to my family.</p> Tue, 02 Oct 2018 20:24:58 GMT