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Editorial Style Guide

General Style Preferences

Try to use language that is as inclusive as possible. In many cases, the problem of the awkward his/her and he/she constructions can be avoided by casting the sentence in the plural. He/she can access his/her transcript becomes They can access their transcripts. Use the same standards for men and women when deciding whether to mention personal appearance or marital and family status. Never use “s/he.”

Helpful techniques on achieving gender-neutral language are available in the Chicago Manual of Style, Section 5.225.

Also see Word List and Usage A–Z in the appendix:
A: actor, actress
C: chair
F: freshman, freshmen
G: gay
H: he/she, his/her; he and she, his and her
L: lesbian, LGBT, LGBTQ
P: -persons
S: sculptor; spokesman, spokesperson
T: trangender, transsexual

Updated March 23, 2014

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