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    Writing Rules: i Before e

    Tuesday, January 05, 2010

    Use i before e except after c, or when sounded like a as in freight and eighty.

    deceit

    ceiling

    belief

    piece

    Exceptions: This sentence can help you remember eight exceptions:

    Neither sheik dared leisurely seize either weird species of financiers.

    (From Write for Business, page 216, and Proofreader's Guide PDF, page 28)

    Writing Rules: Initialisms

    Thursday, December 31, 2009

    An initialism is similar to an acronym except that the initials are pronounced as individual letters.

    FDA - Food and Drug Administration
    ICC - Interstate Commerce Commission
    SUV - Sport-Utility Vehicle

    Note: Spell out an initialism the first time you use it, followed by its abbreviation in parentheses. Once the initialism has been identified in this way, you may use just the abbreviation.

    (From Write for Business, page 215, and Proofreader's Guide PDF, page 27)

    Writing Rules: Acronyms

    Tuesday, December 29, 2009

    An acronym is a word formed from the first (or first few) letter of each word in a compound term. Periods are not used within acronyms.

    LAN - Local Area Network
    radar - radio detecting and ranging
    RICO - Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (Act)
    scuba - self-contained underwater breathing apparatus

    Note: Spell out an acronym the first time you use it, followed by its abbreviation in parentheses. Once the acronym has been identified in this way, you may use just the abbreviation.

    (From Write for Business, page 215, and Proofreader's Guide PDF, page 27)

    Writing Rules: Abbreviations and Symbols

    Tuesday, December 08, 2009

    Use numerals with abbreviations and symbols.

    7°C 4 lbs. 3 oz. 2 tsp.
    12'6" 5 ft. 9%

    (From Write for Business, page 211, and Proofreader's Guide PDF, page 23)

    Writing Rules: Addresses and Time

    Thursday, December 03, 2009

    Spell out the number one in addresses (One Elmbrook Blvd.). You may spell out even, half, and quarter hours in text, but do not use a.m. or p.m. in this case.

    a quarter to four
    nine o'clock tonight
    half past two

    (From Write for Business, page 211, and Proofreader's Guide PDF, page 23)