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Quick Reference Guide | Building Names
race and nationality – Capitalize the formal names of the major racial groups, three of which are Caucasoid, Negroid and Mongoloid. Lowercase generic references to people distinguished by skin color, such as black, white, red, mulatto, etc., both in noun and adjective usage. Capitalize the proper names of nationalities, of peoples identified with a particular region or tribes, etc.: Arab, African-American, Caucasian, Cherokee, Jew, Nordic, Asian. Refer to race only if it is important, such as in a brochure encouraging minority enrollment.
radio stations – The call letters alone are frequently adequate. If the station is widely known by another name, it can be used in all references. WMAC-AM, NewsTalk 750, Country 102
ranges in dates, money, time – When citing such ranges, make each item complete if there is any possibility of ambiguity. When using the word from in expressing ranges, also be certain to use to or through.
- CORRECT: The semester runs from August 18 through December 6. The budget will increase from $2 million to $5 million (not from $2 to $5 million). The workshop will be 6-8 p.m.
- WRONG: The play runs from April 29-May 2. (Should be from April 29 to May 2 or April 29-May 2.) Tickets are available March 30 through April 3. (Should be from March 30 through April 3 or March 30-April 3.)
re- – Generally this prefix takes no hyphen, except in the following circumstances:
- Use a hyphen if the word that follows begins with an e: re-elect, re-emerge, re-enter, re-establish.
- For many words, the sense is the governing factor: recover (regain) versus re-cover (to cover again), resign (quit) versus re-sign (to sign again).
regions – Lowercase east, west, north, and south when they indicate compass direction. Capitalize when they designate regions.
- COMPASS DIRECTIONS: The lake is north of town. The parade will move east on Hancock St.
- REGIONS: He loved living in the South. Settlers from the East traveled west in search of new lives.
- WITH NAMES OF NATIONS: Lowercase unless they are part of the formal name: eastern France, the western United States. But Northern Ireland, South Vietnam.
- WITH STATES AND CITIES: The preferred form is to lowercase when they describe a section of a state or city: central Georgia, south Atlanta, western Texas. But capitalize if part of a proper name: North Carolina, West Virginia.
- In many cases, the Rev. is the designation that applies before a name on first reference for ministers and priests. On second reference, use only a last name: the Rev. Billy Graham on first reference, Graham on second reference. Substitute Monsignor for a Roman Catholic priest who has received this honor. Do not use father, pastor or similar words before an individual's name.
- Spell out Cardinal, Archbishop, Bishop, Rabbi, Sister, and Mother on first reference before a name. Lowercase if it follows a name.
reside vs. live – The preferred terminology is live. Avoid using reside. We have nearly 2,000 students living in residence halls. Bob Jones lives in Parkhurst Hall.
river(s) – Capitalize when it is part of the formal name of a river. Lowercase in references to more than one river: the Oconee River, the Flint and Oconee rivers.
road(s) – Capitalize when its part of the formal name of a road. Lowercase in references to more than one road: Log Cabin Road, Piedmont and Darlington roads.
room numbers, names – Use figures and capitalize room when it is used with a figure. The preferred format for room numbers is to use the number, followed by the building name. Do not use the word room or suite with a room number when the building name is given. Capitalize if it is part of a formal name.
- RIGHT: 202 Atkinson Hall. His office is in 206 Parks Hall. President's Conference Room.
- WRONG: The meeting is in Atkinson Hall, Room 202. University Banquet room.
R.S.V.P. – The abbreviation for the French phrase repondez s'il vous plait means "please reply." Please R.S.V.P. is redundant. Note the periods. It is an abbreviation, not an acronym.
rush, rushee – Lowercase the generic terms for the selection process, parties and candidates for college social and Greek organizations.