- When pairing the names of two competing schools, use a hyphen: This Tuesday’s AUC-MIU game was challenging.
- Use figures in reference to campus gates: Gate 4, Gate 2.
- Be as nonspecific as possible:
- Chair, not chairman or chairwoman.
- Spokesperson, not spokesman or spokeswoman.
- Sales representative, not salesman or saleswoman.
- Business entrepreneur, not businessman or businesswoman.
- See Nondiscriminatory Language.
- Capitalize in reference to the United Nations General Assembly.
- Capitalize only as a formal title before a name.
geographical terms and names
- Use The American Heritage Dictionary as a source for the spelling of geographical names. If there is more than one spelling for one entry, use the first spelling.
- Capitalize geographical terms commonly accepted as proper names: Sacramento Valley, Silicon Valley, Far East.
- See directions.
- Use woman to refer to a female 18 years or older.
global warming, climate change
- Both are acceptable. Climate change is more accurate scientifically; global warming is a more common term that is widely understood.
- Nations of Africa, Central and Latin America, and most of Asia. Capitalize.
- Stands for Graduate Management Admission Test. GMAT is acceptable in all references.
- Headquarters in New York. Program at AUC: Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women Entrepreneurship and Leadership Program.
- A trademark for a web search engine. Google, Googling and Googled are used informally as verbs for searching for information on the Internet.
- Lowercase; do not abbreviate: the Egyptian government. Capitalize governmental bodies that are part of a proper name: the Ministry of Interior.
- Click here for a complete list of Egyptian governorates and their correct spelling.
GPA, GPAs, grade point average
- Acceptable in all references for grade point average.
- Use grade point average on first reference and GPA without periods on second reference.
- Plural is GPAs, with no apostrophe: GPAs in the electronics engineering department are high.
- Acceptable in all references to Global Positioning System.
- Hyphenate the noun and adjective forms: He is a 12th-grader. He is a fifth-grade student.
- Capitalize letter grades, with no quotation marks and not italicized: He got an A in the course.
- When referring to more than one letter grade, add an s with an apostrophe: He got two B’s and three C’s this semester.
- The plural form could also be written as grades of C and D.
graduate (v.), (n.)
- (v.): He graduated from AUC. (n.): reference to an alumna/almnus of a university and should not be confused with graduate student, which refers to a student seeking a master's degree.
- Lowercase. Use GA without periods on second reference (plural GAs).
- Use gray, not grey, in reference to the color.
- GRE is acceptable in all references.
- Always use the official name on first reference: Graduate Record Examination.
- Use GRE without periods on second reference.
- One word, no hyphen.
Gulf Cooperation Council
- Refers to the Arab Gulf regional bloc that is comprised of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Use GCC on second reference.