NSU Publications Style Manual

26 For numbers following nouns, like page, chapter, and room, always use numerals. • chapter 4, page 7 • room 15 References to U.S. currency follow the general rules for expressing numerals. See also money. For percentages, use numerals followed by theword percent. • The state tax is 5 percent. • Only 30 percent of the class passed the exam. EXCEPTION: In tables or charts where space is tight, use the percent (%) sign. For consistency’s sake, body copy referring to those tables and charts may also use the percent (%) sign. For credit/semester hours, always use numerals. • The course was worth 6 semester hours. • It was a 3-credit class. See also percent, ranges, and ratio. When rounding numbers, round to the nearest 5 or 0. Do not use terms like approximately or about with specific numbers. • more than 23,000 students • NOT approximately 23,432 students See also 3-D. okay Note spelling; this variant follows academic style rather than journalistic style. Olympic-sized Note the capitalization, spelling, and hyphen. See also life-size. on a daily basis, on a regular basis This wordy padding should be avoided; say daily or regularly instead. One-Stop Shop Note the hyphenation. online See computer terms. on-site (adj., adv.) Note the hyphenation. on vs. upon Upon is a stuffy, overly formal way of saying on. The exception is when upon is used to make a time reference. • We decided on a new restaurant for lunch. • BUT Credits will be transferred upon graduation. oral, written, verbal Use oral to refer to spoken words. • She gave an oral promise. Use written for words committed to paper. • We had a written agreement. Use verbal to compare words with some other form of communication. • His tears revealed the sentiments that his poor verbal skills could not express. Oriental Can be considered offensive; Asian is the preferred term. See also nationality and race. O

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