CMOS FAQ Questions http://chicagomanualofstyle.org/ Latest CMOS FAQ Questions with links to the answers en-us Wed, 16 Sep 2020 05:00:00 GMT 60 https://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/qanda/data/faq/topics/HyphensEnDashesEmDashes/faq0158.html Q. Should “time travel” be hyphenated as a verb? CMOS 5.25 says it’s okay to use nouns as verbs, but there are no two-word examples. “Time travel” isn’t even in M-W! <p class="Q"><span class="Q_label">Q.</span> Should &ldquo;time travel&rdquo; be hyphenated as a verb? <a href="https://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/book/ed17/part2/ch05/psec025.html" target="_blank"><em>CMOS</em> 5.25</a> says it&rsquo;s okay to use nouns as verbs, but there are no two-word examples. &ldquo;Time travel&rdquo; isn&rsquo;t even in M-W!</p> Fri, 04 Sep 2020 12:11:06 GMT https://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/qanda/data/faq/topics/Usage/faq0372.html Q. Hi all! I hope everyone is staying safe. I have a quick question. Should it be “What will my teacher say about my never returning to class?” or “What will my teacher say about me never returning to class?” Citations will help. I struggle with this frequently. Thank you so much! Take care. <p class="Q"><span class="Q_label">Q.</span> Hi all! I hope everyone is staying safe. I have a quick question. Should it be &ldquo;What will my teacher say about my never returning to class?&rdquo; or &ldquo;What will my teacher say about me never returning to class?&rdquo; Citations will help. I struggle with this frequently. Thank you so much! Take care.</p> Fri, 04 Sep 2020 12:09:01 GMT https://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/qanda/data/faq/topics/RegisteredTrademarks/faq0004.html Q. “ZIP Code” is trademarked and essentially an invention by the USPS. They created it with a capitalized “C.” Why do you insist that this “C” is rendered in lowercase? <p class="Q"><span class="Q_label">Q.</span> &ldquo;ZIP Code&rdquo; is trademarked and essentially an invention by the USPS. They created it with a capitalized &ldquo;C.&rdquo; Why do you insist that this &ldquo;C&rdquo; is rendered in lowercase?</p> Fri, 04 Sep 2020 12:02:37 GMT https://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/qanda/data/faq/topics/HyphensEnDashesEmDashes/faq0157.html Q. CMOS does not mention uses of the en dash for conflict or connection, as in “the liberal–conservative debate” or “the Radical–Unionist coalition.” Should it be inferred that CMOS opposes such uses? <p class="Q"><span class="Q_label">Q.</span> <em>CMOS</em> does not mention uses of the en dash for conflict or connection, as in &ldquo;the liberal&ndash;conservative debate&rdquo; or &ldquo;the Radical&ndash;Unionist coalition.&rdquo; Should it be inferred that <em>CMOS</em> opposes such uses?</p> Fri, 04 Sep 2020 11:59:46 GMT https://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/qanda/data/faq/topics/Commas/faq0096.html Q. According to CMOS 6.51, “Expressions of the type that is are traditionally followed by a comma. They are best preceded by an em dash or a semicolon rather than a comma, or the entire phrase they introduce may be enclosed in parentheses or em dashes.” My question is this: Would it still be acceptable to use a comma in such expressions rather than the em dash or parentheses? Thank you! <p class="Q"><span class="Q_label">Q.</span> According to <a href="https://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/book/ed17/part2/ch06/psec051.html" target="_blank"><em>CMOS</em> 6.51</a>, &ldquo;Expressions of the type <em>that is</em> are traditionally followed by a comma. They are best preceded by an em dash or a semicolon rather than a comma, or the entire phrase they introduce may be enclosed in parentheses or em dashes.&rdquo; My question is this: Would it still be acceptable to use a comma in such expressions rather than the em dash or parentheses? Thank you!</p> Fri, 04 Sep 2020 11:57:17 GMT https://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/qanda/data/faq/topics/Capitalization/faq0094.html Q. Hi, I see that CMOS 8.36 discusses kinship names and when to capitalize versus when to lowercase. I’m wondering about a term like “sir” or “ma’am” used in direct address: “Yes, ma’am” or “Yes, Ma’am”? I think probably the former, but what do you recommend? Thank you. <p class="Q"><span class="Q_label">Q.</span> Hi, I see that <a href="https://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/book/ed17/part2/ch08/psec036.html" target="_blank"><em>CMOS</em> 8.36</a> discusses kinship names and when to capitalize versus when to lowercase. I&rsquo;m wondering about a term like &ldquo;sir&rdquo; or &ldquo;ma&rsquo;am&rdquo; used in direct address: &ldquo;Yes, ma&rsquo;am&rdquo; or &ldquo;Yes, Ma&rsquo;am&rdquo;? I think probably the former, but what do you recommend? Thank you.</p> Fri, 04 Sep 2020 11:55:41 GMT https://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/qanda/data/faq/topics/Documentation/faq0373.html Q. How do you cite a photograph of a piece of art that is in a book chapter with two authors and the book has several editors? Do you need all of the creators—photographer, artist, authors, and editors? Thank you! <p class="Q"><span class="Q_label">Q.</span> How do you cite a photograph of a piece of art that is in a book chapter with two authors and the book has several editors? Do you need all of the creators&mdash;photographer, artist, authors, and editors? Thank you!</p> Fri, 04 Sep 2020 11:52:52 GMT