Underlining and Italicizing

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Underlining Foreign Words or Abbreviations

Underline or italicize foreign words or abbreviations unless they are regularly used in English. Because the English language is very flexible, it may sometimes be hard to tell whether some words are widely used. Check any word or phrase you have a question about in a dictionary. Clearly words like champagne or chimpanzee or an

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Underlining Items Which Name Themselves

Underline or italicize numbers, symbols, letters, and words which name themselves (or which are used as the figure or word). Incorrect: “Give me a C!” the cheerleader shouted. (The letter is used as a letter, it names itself.) Correct: “Give me a C!” the cheerleader shouted. Incorrect: His 2’s look like 7’s. (The numbers are

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Titles Which Take No Punctuation

Do not underline, italicize, or place in quotation marks the name of the Bible, its books, divisions, or version, or other religious Scriptures and their divisions or versions. Example: In I Corinthians the Bible says that the greatest eternal value is love. (The Bible and its book take no special punctuation.) Example: The Talmud’s tractate

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Scientific Nomenclature

The Latin-derived scientific names are capitalized except for the specific and subspecific names. The generic, specific, and subspecific names are underlined or italicized. The names of the following are capitalized: kingdom, phylum, subphylum, class, subclass, superorder, order, suborder, superfamily, family, subfamily, tribe, genus, subgenus. The names of the following are not capitalized: superspecies, species, subspecies.

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