CMOS FAQ Questions http://chicagomanualofstyle.org/ Latest CMOS FAQ Questions with links to the answers en-us Wed, 12 Dec 2018 06:00:00 GMT 60 https://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/qanda/data/faq/topics/Punctuation/faq0126.html Q. Dear CMOS team—a book I am working on as an editor is called (disguised) Sandwich: Imagine the Recipe. Write It Down. Watch It Happen. Are the periods in the subtitle appropriate, or are commas preferred? The periods are driving me crazy, so it would be nice if there were a Chicago rule to say yea or nay. <p class="Q"><span class="Q_label">Q. </span>Dear <em>CMOS</em> team&mdash;a book I am working on as an editor is called (disguised) <em>Sandwich: Imagine the Recipe. Write It Down. Watch It Happen.</em> Are the periods in the subtitle appropriate, or are commas preferred? The periods are driving me crazy, so it would be nice if there were a Chicago rule to say yea or nay.</p> Tue, 04 Dec 2018 19:26:03 GMT https://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/qanda/data/faq/topics/ManuscriptPreparation/faq0215.html Q. What font does Chicago require? I thought it was Times New Roman, but perhaps Arial is also okay? <p class="Q"><span class="Q_label">Q. </span>What font does Chicago require? I thought it was Times New Roman, but perhaps Arial is also okay?</p> Tue, 04 Dec 2018 19:24:36 GMT https://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/qanda/data/faq/topics/Numbers/faq0054.html Q. I am preparing an online archive. Many of the items are audio or video recordings. I’ve fruitlessly searched CMOS for the proper way to indicate the total time of a recording—for example, thirty-five minutes and thirty-three seconds. 35 min. 33 sec.? 35m:33s? <p class="Q"><span class="Q_label">Q. </span>I am preparing an online archive. Many of the items are audio or video recordings. I&rsquo;ve fruitlessly searched <em>CMOS</em> for the proper way to indicate the total time of a recording&mdash;for example, thirty-five minutes and thirty-three seconds. 35 min. 33 sec.? 35m:33s?</p> Tue, 04 Dec 2018 19:23:29 GMT https://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/qanda/data/faq/topics/CapitalizationTitles/faq0083.html Q.&nbsp;Section&nbsp;11.9 of CMOS (17th ed.) states, “When the title of a work in another language is mentioned in text, an English gloss may follow in parentheses,” and “if the translation has not been published, the English should be capitalized sentence-style . . . and should appear neither in italics nor within quotation marks.” In texts that discuss in detail such a work (say, a literary analysis of a Chinese-language novel for a predominantly English-speaking readership) and where the English gloss is justifiably preferred to the original, should that gloss stay in roman, capitalized sentence-style throughout, or may it carry the features of a published translation (italics or quote marks) for ease of presentation? <p class="Q"><span class="Q_label">Q.&nbsp;</span>Section&nbsp;<a href="https://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/book/ed17/part2/ch11/psec009.html" target="_blank">11.9</a> of <em>CMOS</em> (17th ed.) states, &ldquo;When the title of a work in another language is mentioned in text, an English gloss may follow in parentheses,&rdquo; and &ldquo;if the translation has not been published, the English should be capitalized sentence-style . . . and should appear neither in italics nor within quotation marks.&rdquo; In texts that discuss in detail such a work (say, a literary analysis of a Chinese-language novel for a predominantly English-speaking readership) and where the English gloss is justifiably preferred to the original, should that gloss stay in roman, capitalized sentence-style throughout, or may it carry the features of a published translation (italics or quote marks) for ease of presentation?</p> Tue, 04 Dec 2018 19:21:37 GMT https://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/qanda/data/faq/topics/Prepositions/faq0008.html Q. What’s your current recommendation on ending a sentence with a preposition? Current example: “[Nurses bound the] wounds of the men they were taking care of.” <p class="Q"><span class="Q_label">Q. </span>What&rsquo;s your current recommendation on ending a sentence with a preposition? Current example: &ldquo;[Nurses bound the] wounds of the men they were taking care of.&rdquo;</p> Tue, 04 Dec 2018 19:19:52 GMT https://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/qanda/data/faq/topics/Capitalization/faq0077.html Q. In the sentence “Cane Ridge post office in Van Buren County, Tennessee, was opened in March 1866,” the town name is Cane Ridge and it has a post office. Would you capitalize “Post Office” or leave it lowercase? <p class="Q"><span class="Q_label">Q. </span>In the sentence &ldquo;Cane Ridge post office in Van Buren County, Tennessee, was opened in March 1866,&rdquo; the town name is Cane Ridge and it has a post office. Would you capitalize &ldquo;Post Office&rdquo; or leave it lowercase?</p> Tue, 04 Dec 2018 19:17:34 GMT https://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/qanda/data/faq/topics/Documentation/faq0352.html Q. Hello. I am writing an essay for history in Chicago style, and when I state a fact I have been putting the number of the citation in parentheses after I have stated it. Is this correct? Example: Abe Lincoln became president in 1861. (5) Or do I need to put it as an exponent following the text? <p class="Q"><span class="Q_label">Q. </span>Hello. I am writing an essay for history in Chicago style, and when I state a fact I have been putting the number of the citation in parentheses after I have stated it. Is this correct? Example: Abe Lincoln became president in 1861. (5) Or do I need to put it as an exponent following the text?</p> Tue, 04 Dec 2018 19:16:10 GMT https://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/qanda/data/faq/topics/CMOS/faq0013.html Q. When was the Chicago style created? Thanks. <p class="Q"><span class="Q_label">Q. </span>When was the Chicago style created? Thanks.</p> Tue, 04 Dec 2018 19:14:57 GMT https://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/qanda/data/faq/topics/ManuscriptPreparation/faq0214.html Q. I’m a technical editor at an architectural and engineering firm and am working with a project manager (an architect) on a long document with 100+ tables. He insists on putting the table title below the table (below the table notes, which he wants to enclose in a box). He says he doesn’t like how the title above the table looks. CMOS 3.54 refers to “the title, which appears above the table,” but doesn’t give the reason for the placement. I have told the project manager that the overwhelming convention is to put the title above the table, have cited published guidance (e.g., CMOS) to put it above, and have told him that the likely reason is that tables are most often read from top to bottom, but he won’t budge. What is the reason CMOS recommends putting the table title above the table? Maybe he would consider your rationale. <p class="Q"><span class="Q_label">Q. </span>I&rsquo;m a technical editor at an architectural and engineering firm and am working with a project manager (an architect) on a long document with 100+ tables. He insists on putting the table title below the table (below the table notes, which he wants to enclose in a box). He says he doesn&rsquo;t like how the title above the table looks. <a href="https://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/book/ed17/part1/ch03/psec054.html" target="_blank"><em>CMOS</em> 3.54</a> refers to &ldquo;the title, which appears above the table,&rdquo; but doesn&rsquo;t give the reason for the placement. I have told the project manager that the overwhelming convention is to put the title above the table, have cited published guidance (e.g., <em>CMOS</em>) to put it above, and have told him that the likely reason is that tables are most often read from top to bottom, but he won&rsquo;t budge. What is the reason <em>CMOS</em> recommends putting the table title above the table? Maybe he would consider your rationale.</p> Tue, 04 Dec 2018 19:13:51 GMT https://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/qanda/data/faq/topics/Prepositions/faq0007.html Q. Choosing between in or at: When referring to a specific area on a slide presentation, would you say “in the top right-hand corner” or “at the top right-hand corner”? Are there rules that help one determine when to use in or at? <p class="Q"><span class="Q_label">Q. </span>Choosing between <em>in</em> or <em>at</em>: When referring to a specific area on a slide presentation, would you say &ldquo;<em>in</em> the top right-hand corner&rdquo; or &ldquo;<em>at</em> the top right-hand corner&rdquo;? Are there rules that help one determine when to use <em>in</em> or <em>at</em>?</p> Tue, 04 Dec 2018 19:11:48 GMT https://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/qanda/data/faq/topics/CMOS/faq0012.html Q. I’m having a lively debate on Facebook with some friends about how the abbreviation CMOS is pronounced by the fine folks at UCP. Do y’all tend to say “see-moce” or “see-moze” or “see-moss” or “see-mahs”? Thanks! <p class="Q"><span class="Q_label">Q. </span>I&rsquo;m having a lively debate on Facebook with some friends about how the abbreviation <em>CMOS</em> is pronounced by the fine folks at UCP. Do y&rsquo;all tend to say &ldquo;see-moce&rdquo; or &ldquo;see-moze&rdquo; or &ldquo;see-moss&rdquo; or &ldquo;see-mahs&rdquo;? Thanks!</p> Tue, 04 Dec 2018 19:09:47 GMT