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Quick Reference Guide | Building Names
GC Library and Information Technology Center – The proper name for the university library is the GC Library and Information Technology Center. Note there is no ampersand. The name may be shortened to the library. The original library building is called the Ina Dillard Russell Building.
General Assembly – Capitalize this term when it is the formal name of the state's legislative body (capitalize even when the state's name is not used) or of a ruling or consultative body of an organization. Georgia General Assembly (not legislature), General Assembly of the World Council of Churches, U.N. General Assembly. See Georgia General Assembly.
Georgia College – Georgia College is the correct brand name of Georgia College & State University. Georgia College should be used in all instances except for on legal and formal documentation, where Georgia College & State University is allowed.
- CORRECT: Georgia College, GC (as adjective),
Georgia College & State University (legal documentation only)
- WRONG: GCSU, GC & SU, G.C. & S. U., G.C.&S.U.
General Education Development diploma – The GED is awarded to those who pass the General Education Development test. It is the equivalent of a high school diploma.
Georgia General Assembly – This is the formal name of Georgia's legislative body, which is made up of the House of Representatives and the Senate. In subsequent references, Georgia may be dropped, but the capitalization of General Assembly is retained. Informally, the body may be called (without capitalization) the state legislature or, simply, the legislature.
Georgia's public liberal arts university – When used textually to describe Georgia College, only Georgia's is capitalized. When used as the tagline in the university's official logo, all words are capitalized.
GMAT – Graduate Management Admission Test, administered by the Education Testing Service.
god- – Lowercase this when used as a prefix. Examples: godchild, goddaughter, godfather, godlike, godliness, godmother, godsend, godson, godspeed. Do not hyphenate
gods and goddesses – Capitalize God and similar names of the deity of a monotheistic religion: Allah, God, God the Father, Holy Ghost, Holy Spirit, Jehovah, Jesus Christ, the Redeemer, the Son of God, the Son of Man, Yahweh. Lowercase the personal pronouns he, him, thee, they, thou, who, whose, in references to monotheistic deities. Lowercase gods and goddesses in references to the deities of polytheistic religions, but capitalize formal names. Lowercase god in references to false gods. He made money her god.
government – Lowercase and never abbreviate generic references to governments: federal government, state government, the U.S. government, the government of France.
Governor's Mansion – The proper formal name is Old Governor's Mansion (note the apostrophe). The mansion or Governor's Mansion is acceptable on second and subsequent reference. Never write it as Old Governors Mansion.
GPA – See grade-point average.
grade, grader – Hyphenate both the noun form and the adjectival forms: Mary, a second-grader, looked up to her older brother, a 10th-grade student. Jane Doe, a first-grade teacher, wished she were teaching sixth-grade pupils instead.
grades – Capitalize, but do not set off with quotation marks. For plurals, follow the grade letter with an s, but do not use an apostrophe. He received two As and one B last semester.
grade-point average – Note the hyphen. Abbreviate as GPA only on subsequent references or if the context makes the meaning absolutely clear.
Graduate Record Examination – One or two tests are involved: the Aptitude Test and, but not always, the Advanced Test, which is in the student's major. The test is administered by the Educational Testing Service. The name should be spelled out except where the abbreviation GRE is fully understood.