NSU Publications Style Manual

18 handicapped See Unhandicapping Our Language on page 51. headlines Capitalize all major words. Alumni and Students Gather for Homecoming health care The preferred usage is to leave both the adjectival and noun forms of this word open. • Our programs cater to health care professionals. • The nation needs a better system of health care. See also child care, day care, and elder care. high school Two words; no caps unless you’re using the school’s proper name. Hyphenate as an adjective. • She enjoys high school. • She goes to Piper High School. • She couldn’t find a date for her high-school prom. high-tech (adj.), high tech (noun) Hispanic See nationality and race. historic, historical, history Historic refers to a noteworthy or famous event in the past; historical can refer to any event in the past. History refers to a chronological record of events affecting a nation, an institution, or a person. Avoid past history. It is redundant. Holocaust Cap only when specifically referring to the event during World War II. homecoming Lowercase when it refers to the general event. Uppercase when used as the official proper name of the event. • At my college, homecoming was the social event of the year. • We are making preparations for Homecoming 2020. hometown (adj., noun) hopefully This often-misplaced modifier means “full of hope.” If your sentence reads, Hopefully, the sun will shine tomorrow, it means that when the sun shines tomorrow, it will be full of hope. To express the idea that you are full of hope, revise your sentence. I hope the sun will shine tomorrow. Hopefully can fall at the beginning of a sentence as long as it is placed next to the term it is supposed to modify. Hopefully, the puppy sat beneath the finicky toddler’s high chair. See also importantly and thankfully. hors d’oeuvre(s) Two words; note the apostrophe. The word appetizers works just as well, and you don’t have to worry about spelling it. however In general, this word serves better when it doesn’t begin a new sentence. Either attach it to the previous sentence with a semicolon, or place it later in its own sentence. • The semester seemed interminable; however, summer vacation arrived at last. • OR The semester seemed interminable. At last, however, summer vacation arrived. • NOT The semester seemed interminable. However, summer vacation arrived at last. hyphen See the Guide to Punctuation and Usage on page 42. hyphenated words See compound words. H

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