UN Style Guide A-Z
W X Y Z
The UN official guide is now
available (changes from 1984 are marked with *):
dataPlural word, says WHO (p85),
but see the note on plurals. data bankbut database, in
WHO (p85).deadline(UN:356)dead weight(UN:356)death rate(UN:356)
(UN:356, UN new). I prefer decision-maker (NSOED), in
line with decision-making, the approved UN
spelling. You wonder what battles were fought over this hyphen,
that the UN is so inconsistent about such an important series of
UN:347, 355, UN new
defencebut Department of Defense (United States of
despatchno, dispatch (UN:356)
WHO says it's Down
syndrome not Down's syndrome, i.e. no Saxon genitives (WHO:4).
Everyone else I know (including NSOED and ODSWE) calls it
Down's Syndrome. I guess that's one way to ensure people
know you have medical qualifications.
Division of words
The UN (354) says two-letters at the
front are possible (e.g. in-ternational) but suffix
splits should be avoided, e.g. tight-en and hard-ly.
Otherwise, "divide a word after a vowel, turning over the
consonant where there is only one", e.g. prece-dent.
For the rest its subtrac-tion, conven-tion etc
to keep these terminations intact, or with a preceding vowel,
e.g. organiz-ation. My rule of thumb is to ensure that
the pronunciation stays the same no matter how little of the word
Now the UN does not expect US $ it seems (see this). About time.
Down's SyndromeDown syndrome. See diseases