University Communications

University Communications

UC Stylebook's spelling checklist

First reference for spelling and usage is the UC Stylebook, followed by the AP Style Guide, followed by Merriam-Webster Dictionary.

First references for spelling of names on campus are the UC Faculty and Staff Directory and Student Directory.

When the dictionary lists more than one acceptable spelling, use the first one.

When adding a suffix that begins with a vowel (-ed, -ing, -able), double the final consonant only if:

  1. the word ends in a single consonant preceded by a single vowel
  2.  the word has only one syllable or is accented on the last syllable. Example: planning, traveled, forgetting, preferable.

For food-related names and terms, see the food guidelines addendum. For UC-related jargon and idioms, see the jargon addendum.

Return to regular UC Stylebook.

Spelling Checklist

A

ABCs
accommodate
adverse (unfavorable)
adviser
advisory
affidavit
afterward (not afterwards)
aggression
all right (not alright)
a.m.
a lot (alot is not a word)
amid (not amidst)
anyone (usually 1 word)
anytime (always 1 word)
averse (reluctant)
a while (n.), awhile (adv.)
axle (for wheels)
axel (for skaters)

B

baccalaureate
bachelor's degree
back up (v.), backup (adj., n.)
backward (not backwards)
bail (bail out of ...)
bale (for hay, etc.)
bare (uncover, naked)
bear (to carry, or an animal)
blond (adj., n.)
blonde (secondary usage, avoid)
Breathalyzer
browsable
brunet (adj., n.)
brunette (secondary usage, avoid)
Burnet Woods
buses (plural for bus)

C

C-paw
car pool (n.), carpool (v.)
cellphone (one word)
Celsius
CD-ROM
check in (v.), check-in (n., adj.)
chord (musical usage)
commitment
complement (to supplement, complete)
compliment (praise)
consensus
co-op, co-oped, co-oping
cooperative
copy editor (two words)
cord (regarding rope or wood)
co-sponsor
cum laude

D

discreet (sneaky)
discrete (separate)
distinguished
dot-com
download
downstage
drive-thru (contrary to Merriam-Webster)

E

e-book, e-commerce
ecotourism
email
embarrassment
every day (adv.)
everyday (adj.)

F

Fahrenheit
filet (beef)
fillet (fish)
filmgoer
filmmaker
Findlay Market
first come, first served
flier
freelance
freelancer
freeware
frontman
Fulbright
full-time (adj.), full time (adv.)
fundraising (n., adj.)
fundraiser

G

gibe (heckling remarks)
great-grandfather
grisly (gruesome)
grizzly (grayish, including bears)

H

Hanorobi
Hanukkah
harassment
hemorrhage
high-five, high-fived
hoard (accumulate)
home page
horde (large group)

I

implement
impresario
inadvertent
incompatible
influential
inoculate
Internet
Internet2
intranet
intrigue

J

JPEG, JPG
judgment

L

landline
levee (prevents flooding)
levy (regards taxes)
liaison
liquefy
listserv
loath (reluctant)
loathe (hate)
login, logon, logoff, log (n.)
log in, log on, log off (v.)

M

man-made
master class
Mick and Mack
moviegoer

N

New Year's
nitpicker
noncredit
nonprofit
nontenured
nontraditional
noticeable

O

occasion
offstage
OK, OK'd, OK'ing, OKs (do not use okay)
One Stop Student Service Center
online
onstage

P

palate (roof of mouth, sense of taste)
palette (artist's tool)
pallet (low platform in warehouses)
part-time (adj.), part time (adv.)
pavilion
peak (mountain top)
peek (glance)
pique (to excite or wound)
playwright (person)
playwriting (action)
plug in (v.)
plug-in (adj., noun)
p.m.
pom-pom (refers to a weapon)
pompom (for cheerleaders; type of flower)
postdoctoral
postgame
postsecondary
potato, potatoes
precede (not preceed)
pregame
premed
premier (first, most important, leader)
premiere (first performance)
preventive (not preventative)
prime time (n.), prime-time (adj.)
Procter & Gamble
Procter Hall
programming, programmer (exception to accent rule)

R

rarefy
Realtor (capitalize)
reek (stink, see wreak)
rehearsal
rein (from the word restrain)
reign (to rule, as a ruler does)
renovate
resuscitate
Rhodes scholar
ROM

S

screen saver
shareware
siege
sizable
slide show (two words)
Smithsonian Institution
smartphone (one word)
some place (always two words)
soundstage
spell-check, spell-checker
supplement
supersede
surprise

T

teenage, teenager
theater (Theatre OK in proper names)
theatergoer
thumbs-up, thumbs-down
T-shirt
tomato (singular), tomatoes (plural)
trade show (two words)
Tristate (uppercase for geographic area)
troop (soldiers)
troupe (performers)
trouper (one who handles adversity well)

U

under way (two words nearly aways)
upperclassmen
upstage

V

vice president
Vietnam
vocal cords

W

walk-on (n.), walk on (v.)
Web (uppercase, abbrv. of a proper name)
Web page
webcast
webmaster
website
World Wide Web (a proper name)
worldwide (generic usage)
workday
workforce
workout
workplace
workstation
workweek
wrack (destroy)
wreak (to wreak havoc, not reek)

X

X-ray

Y

year-round (adj., adv.)

Z

ZIP code
Zip drive, Zip disks (registered trademark)