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


Sources

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i.e. The Oxford Dictionary for Writers and Editors says there should be a comma before i.e. but the acronym itself should be in roman type. So does Butcher (123). As for commas after, Butcher says: "Commas should be consistently included or omitted after 'that is' or 'i.e.' (158). I recommend no comma, to follow modern punctuation style. WHO says "no comma" (89). The UN says 'i.e.' should not be underlined or set in italics (350).

in-house (new)

in-session(UN:347).

insure, no: ensure (UN:356)

inter-agency (UN:347).

inter alia:

UN no longer says this should be underlined (and presumably italicized)(revising UN:350)

Internet (new)

inter-regional (UN:347).

inter-sessional (UN:347).

ize Hardly anyone I know can remember exactly which words take -ize, which -ise in the UN system. The simplest rule is - ise for everything, but that's British usage and looks peculiar to readers in the US (Canada is different). The UN, for example, says:

organization but International Labour Organisation and Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development.

But see the ILO Web site where it is an Organization

WHO's explanation of the difference is:

"Where there is a choice between using the suffix '-ize' or '-ise' (.e.g organize or organise), '-ize', derived from the Greek '-izo', is preferred, consistent with the first spelling of such words given in the 'consise Oxford dictionary' (yes 'consise' but 'consize' and lower case). For some words, such as surprise, comprise or improvise, where '-ise' is not a suffix but part of the root of the word, there is no choice and '-ise' must be used. Similarly, '-yse' must be used for words derived from the Greek 'lusis' (=lysis), as in 'analyse', 'dialyse' and 'hydrolyse'." p9. Looks like it's back to the dictionary every time.

 

 

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