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Quick Reference Guide | Building Names
Macon Telegraph, The – The proper name in all first references is The Macon Telegraph (note The). The Telegraph may be used in second and subsequent references. Newspaper names should be italicized.
magna cum laude – Do not italicize this phrase, which is used to signify graduation with high honors from a university or college.
memoriam, in – Do not italicize. Note the spelling.
middle names – Use only with people who are publicly known that way, such as James Earl Jones, or to prevent confusion with people of the same name.
midnight – The proper term is midnight. Never use 12 midnight; it is redundant. Using 12 a.m. should also be avoided.
months – Capitalize the months of the year in all uses and spell out when the name is used alone or with a year alone (no day specified). Appropriate months should be abbreviated when used in body text (paragraphs and sentences) but may be spelled out in headlines, programs, posters, etc. Abbreviate only Jan. Feb., Aug., Sept., Oct., Nov., and Dec. Do not use of between months and dates.
- CORRECT: He arrived in May 2004. She graduated in December 2004.
- INCORRECT: He arrived in May of 2004.
multi- – In general, no hyphen is used: multicultural, multicolored.
myself – Often misused. Usually, me is sufficient and correct.
- CORRECT: Please call me for more information. I should have done it myself.
- WRONG: Please call myself for more information. Call John or myself for more details.