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half-mast, half-staff –
On ships and at naval stations ashore, flags are flown at half-mast. Everywhere else, including Georgia College, flags are flown at half-staff.

headings – Headings (heads, headlines, titles) should follow the "down" style. In rare instances, all caps may be used for emphasis.

  • DOWN STYLE: In using this style of setting heads, capitalize only the initial word and proper nouns. This style is quite clean and is particularly suited to heads that form complete sentences or phrases. The down style is currently the style favored by many publications specialists. Atlanta's mayor heads to Europe again, The university honors past president, GC breaks ground for new building, Registration and fee information.
  • ALL CAPS: Headings are set in all caps for two reasons: (1) the writer wants strong emphasis, such as in a banner headline, or, more likely, (2) the graphics designer finds the style visually pleasing. This style may be used at Georgia College, but with this caution: Any text or heading typeset in all caps is hard to read. If heads are set in all caps, be sure that there is ample spacing between words, which tend to run together in this style of typography.

his or her, his/her – His or her is the preferred form. See sexist language.

honorary degrees – All references to an honorary degree should specify that the degree is honorary; that is, the degree was not earned through a degree-granting academic program of study. Do not use Dr. before the name of a person whose only doctoral degree is honorary. See academic degrees and courtesy titles.

hopefully – It means in a hopeful manner. Do not use it to mean it is hoped or we hope.

  • CORRECT: It is hoped that we will complete our work in January. We looked hopefully to the day the troops will return.
  • WRONG: Hopefully, I will get to go to Europe next year.

however – Avoid starting a sentence with however when the meaning is "nevertheless." The word usually serves better when not in first position.

hyphens – Hyphens are used to join words. They are used to avoid ambiguity or to form two or more words.

  • COMPOUND MODIFIERS: Hyphenate compounds that precede a noun to prevent misreading, such as first-year experience, high-quality education, a first-grade teacher, a well-known singer. But do not hyphenate compounds formed with adverbs, such as very, and adverbs that end in ly: a very talented singer, the easily remembered song. EXCEPTION: Liberal arts education is not hyphenated.
  • SUSPENSIVE HYPHENATION: Use hyphens in compounds showing ranges of time, amount, age, class, type, etc. Note the spacing. The loan was offered for 10- to 15-year periods. He was given a 5- to 20-year jail sentence. The classes are for 5- to 8-year-olds only. The journal is published twice a year by second- and third-year students. Both full- and part-time jobs are offered.

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