Well-known style guides, and what they’re used for

We’ve talked before about what a style guide is, but did you know that there are some famous ones that are used for specific purposes? The Chicago Manual of Style is a style guide for American English, and was started in 1906 by the University of Chicago Press. It’s used by a variety of publishing … More Well-known style guides, and what they’re used for

Using macrons

Microsoft Word doesn’t make adding macrons to Māori words in your documents a straightforward exercise, or at least it doesn’t feel like one. There’s no key you can just type them in with, and increasingly we’re becoming aware of words that we should have been including macrons on. First of all – what’s a macron? … More Using macrons

Using apostrophes

Apostrophes are used in English to show that: there are letters missing from the word (contractions) something belongs to someone (possession or ownership). There are exceptions to how these rules apply, and I’ll talk about some of these, too. Possession The general rule is that ’s shows possession. So to say Sam’s or Betty’s shows … More Using apostrophes