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Eighteenth-Century Life

Style Guide


Corporate, municipal, national, and supranational abbreviations and acronyms appear in full caps. Most initialisms (abbreviations pronounced as strings of letters) are preceded by the.

Latin abbreviations, such as e.g. and i.e., are usually restricted to parenthetical text and set in Roman type, not italics, except for sic, which is italicized for visibility’s sake. Pace, Latin for “contrary to,” is italicized to avoid confusion with “pace.”

Personal initials have periods and are spaced.

W. E. B. DuBois; C. D. Wright

State abbreviations, not postal abbreviations, are used for state names  in the “Books Received” section. State abbreviations appear in CM 15.29—when there are two choices, use the first one.

Wilmington, Del. (not DE)
Washington, D.C. (not DC)


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