When to capitalize “the” in publication and organization names

Here's a question I get a lot: Should I capitalize "the" in publication and organization names? And here's my answer: It depends on the official name of the publication or organization. In general, capitalize "The" if the publication or organization does in its official name. (If the name does not start with "the," add a … Continue reading When to capitalize “the” in publication and organization names

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Use inclusive language

As writers, we know how important word choice is, and even subtle changes in wording can make a big difference in the message we send. And sometimes, our words may send the wrong message, even if that wasn't our intention. It's probably obvious that we should avoid overtly offensive, defamatory language that targets groups or … Continue reading Use inclusive language

What’s the difference between “farther” and “further”?

Do you know the difference between farther and further? These words are sometimes used interchangeably in spoken conversation, and some dictionaries acknowledge some overlapping of the two. But the Associated Press Stylebook and other style guides draw a distinction: Farther refers to physical or spatial distances. The sun is farther from Earth than the moon is. I ran … Continue reading What’s the difference between “farther” and “further”?