CMOS FAQ Questions http://chicagomanualofstyle.org/ Latest CMOS FAQ Questions with links to the answers en-us Fri, 14 May 2021 05:00:00 GMT 60 https://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/qanda/data/faq/topics/HyphensEnDashesEmDashes/faq0165.html Q. I know an en dash separates sports scores, representing the word “to” (e.g., “the Lions won 34–6”), but what about win/loss records? In this case one would say, for example, “They ended the season with a record of 10 and 4.” So should this be expressed with an en dash or a hyphen? 10-4 or 10–4? <p class="Q"><span class="Q_label">Q.</span> I know an en dash separates sports scores, representing the word &ldquo;to&rdquo; (e.g., &ldquo;the Lions won 34&ndash;6&rdquo;), but what about win/loss records? In this case one would say, for example, &ldquo;They ended the season with a record of 10 and 4.&rdquo; So should this be expressed with an en dash or a hyphen? 10-4 or 10&ndash;4?</p> Mon, 03 May 2021 14:35:35 GMT https://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/qanda/data/faq/topics/HyphensEnDashesEmDashes/faq0164.html Q. I work as an editor, and we use CMOS as our primary source. My boss recently told me to hyphenate “machine-scored” in “the items were machine-scored,” because of a rule she cited about compounds formed with a verb. I can’t find a rule like this in CMOS. Is the hyphen Chicago style? <p class="Q"><span class="Q_label">Q.</span> I work as an editor, and we use <em>CMOS</em> as our primary source. My boss recently told me to hyphenate &ldquo;machine-scored&rdquo; in &ldquo;the items were machine-scored,&rdquo; because of a rule she cited about compounds formed with a verb. I can&rsquo;t find a rule like this in <em>CMOS</em>. Is the hyphen Chicago style?</p> Mon, 03 May 2021 14:33:38 GMT https://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/qanda/data/faq/topics/InternetWebandOtherPost-WatergateConcerns/faq0017.html Q. What is the CMOS ruling on the following: “esports” or “eSports”? Are esports games (e.g., Call of Duty: Warzone) italicized or put in quotes? Or neither? <p class="Q"><span class="Q_label">Q.</span> What is the <em>CMOS</em> ruling on the following: &ldquo;esports&rdquo; or &ldquo;eSports&rdquo;? Are esports games (e.g., Call of Duty: Warzone) italicized or put in quotes? Or neither?</p> Mon, 03 May 2021 14:31:01 GMT https://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/qanda/data/faq/topics/Commas/faq0098.html Q. Hi. A fiction author of ours hates the word that and often replaces it with a comma. For example: “The interior was so dark, she made out only shadowy shapes.” And “Her eyes fell on a cup, and a memory rose up with such clarity, she released a little gasp.” In such cases, we might offer her suggestions to rephrase, but would you let the commas stand? Or would you consider these sentences to have comma splices? This comes up a lot in fiction with other authors, too, so we’d love to hear your opinion! Thanks. <p class="Q"><span class="Q_label">Q.</span> Hi. A fiction author of ours hates the word <em>that</em> and often replaces it with a comma. For example: &ldquo;The interior was so dark, she made out only shadowy shapes.&rdquo; And &ldquo;Her eyes fell on a cup, and a memory rose up with such clarity, she released a little gasp.&rdquo; In such cases, we might offer her suggestions to rephrase, but would you let the commas stand? Or would you consider these sentences to have comma splices? This comes up a lot in fiction with other authors, too, so we&rsquo;d love to hear your opinion! Thanks.</p> Mon, 03 May 2021 14:29:14 GMT https://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/qanda/data/faq/topics/Abbreviations/faq0096.html Q. Hi. In Chicago Style, are “T” and “F” acceptable for “True” and “False”? The document is simple questions with T and F answers. <p class="Q"><span class="Q_label">Q.</span> Hi. In Chicago Style, are &ldquo;T&rdquo; and &ldquo;F&rdquo; acceptable for &ldquo;True&rdquo; and &ldquo;False&rdquo;? The document is simple questions with T and F answers.</p> Mon, 03 May 2021 14:26:37 GMT https://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/qanda/data/faq/topics/ItalicsandQuotationMarks/faq0007.html Q. Should the apostrophe in an italicized word in possessive plural form be italicized? Example: If I italicize the possessive form of the word pirates, would the apostrophe also be italicized? <p class="Q"><span class="Q_label">Q.</span> Should the apostrophe in an italicized word in possessive plural form be italicized? Example: If I italicize the possessive form of the word <em>pirates</em>, would the apostrophe also be italicized?</p> Mon, 03 May 2021 14:24:05 GMT https://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/qanda/data/faq/topics/Capitalization/faq0104.html Q. How does one handle terms such as “Big Ag”? <p class="Q"><span class="Q_label">Q.</span> How does one handle terms such as &ldquo;Big Ag&rdquo;?</p> Mon, 03 May 2021 14:21:58 GMT