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UN Style Guide A-Z

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The UN official guide is now available (changes from 1984 are marked with *):


Sources

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data
Plural word, says WHO (p85), but see the note on plurals.
data bank
but database, in WHO (p85).
deadline
(UN:356)
dead weight
(UN:356)
death rate
(UN:356)
decision maker
(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 jargon words.
decision-making
UN:347, 355, UN new
defence
but Department of Defense (United States of America) (UN:356)
derestricted
(UN:356)
despatch
no, dispatch (UN:356)
détente
(UN:356)
diktat
(UN:356)
disassociate
(UN:356)
direct speech
see reported speech
diseases
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 you see.
dollar
Now the UN does not expect US $ it seems (see this). About time.
Down's Syndrome
Down syndrome. See diseases