4 America When you’re referring to this country, use United States instead. The word America refers to two continents rather than to a specific country in one of them. See also U.S. ampersand (&) Avoid using ampersands in running text—and even in charts or other places with limited space. The only case in which ampersands are appropriate is when the symbol is part of the official legal name of a company, organization, or publication. • Jim & Jan Moran Family Center Village • U.S. News & World Report • The Boys & Girls Club • Johnson & Wales University annual An event cannot be described as annual until it has occurred for at least two successive years. Avoid first annual. any more, anymore The two-word any more is used only in the negative sense and always goes with a noun. • NSU cannot award financial aid to any more students this year. Written as one word, anymore is used to modify a verb and should be used only at the end of a thought. • We don’t go there anymore. • I don’t like her anymore. any one, anyone, every one, everyone Use the two-word expressions when you want to single out one element of a group. • Any one of those students can apply to NSU. • Every one of those clues was worthless. Use the one-word expressions for indefinite references; note that these expressions take singular verbs and pronouns. • Anyone who has graduated from high school may apply to NSU. • Everyone wants a happy life. See also none. any way, anyway Write as two words only when you can mentally insert the word one in the middle. The rest of the time, write as one word. • Any [one] way you want to write the letter is fine. • The committee opposed the plan, but it was implemented anyway. apostrophe See the Guide to Punctuation and Usage on page 41. app Computer applications—for generic terms (an app) lowercase, for specific proper names (NSU APP) capitalize. applications (and other university forms) The basic rules are to keep the language simple and direct, to lowercase whenever possible, and to keep parallel parts (headlines, subheads, punctuation) consistent. as far as This phrase is only half an expression. The thought must be completed by words such as is concerned, are concerned, or I know. • As far as her children are concerned, she takes every precaution; but she has no regard for herself. • As far as I know, he’s joining us. • NOT As far as her children, she takes every precaution . . . as per This is an overworked business expression for in accordance with or according to. as regards See regard, regards. assure, ensure, insure Assure goes with some reference to people, and means to convince or to give confidence to. Ensure means to guarantee. Insure involves monetary coverage according to policy. I assured the old gentleman that he could indeed insure his 23 cats, and thus ensure them a decent burial.