UN Style Guide A-Z
See also our guide to e-style
Note that in 2008 the UN put its editorial
manual online, along with some writing courses. As of 15 November
2008 it remains incomplete, but it is a start. This guide compares UN
style against WHO and other sources.
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The UN says it's gross domestic product but GDP, least developed
countries (no hyphen) but LDCs. research and development but R and D
(the form "R & D [sic] should be avoided). I don't agree about the
all of the Oxford dictionaries note this as a US spelling but the
UN insists on this spelling (UN:347).
no underline or italics.
But ad interim.
(invariable in plural) (UN:355)
but the UN also admits aeroplane
allot, allotted, allotment (UN:355)
How many choices?
The New Shorter Oxford English Dictionary says:
- ad hoc
- UN says this should be underlined (and presumably italicized)(UN:350).
A proposition containing two or more mutually exclusive statements;
a statement or offer of two or more mutually exclusive things; liberty
to choose between two or more things.
J. S. MILL The alternative seemed to be either death, or to be permanently
supported by other people, or a radical change in the economical arrangements.
This is the Concise Oxford Dictionary:
n noun one of two or more available possibilities.
The people who insist on only two choices are wrong but they often don't
know it and will make a nasty noise if you do use alternative to mean
more than two options.
should be 'among', says WHO (p83). I agree. Modern journalists treat
it as a fake poeticism. Likewise 'whilst', etc.
(but in computer technology, analog and catalog)
according to ODWE as well as UN (355).
appal, appalled, appalling (UN:355)