• Do not use the exclamation point in the official name.

year-end (n. and adj.)




  • When writing a day, month and year, set off with commas as follows: Sunday, January 8, 2012. Years are the only exception to the rule in numerals that a figure cannot be used to start a sentence: 2011 was a year full of turbulence in the Arab world.

 years, academic

  • Incorrect: 1998/99, 1998/1999, 98-99, 98/99, 2012/13, 12-13.
  • Correct: 1998 – 1999 academic year, 2012 – 2013 academic year.

years, alumni

  • See class, graduates.

years, plural (1990s)

  • See decades.

years, series

  • In running text, write the words the reader should be reading (from, to, between, and). She worked there from 1998 to 2002.
  • In headlines and lists, use all four digits followed by an en dash, with a space on both sides: 1998 – 2002.

Yousef Abdul Latif Jameel

  • Use this spelling only in reference to the AUC alumnus.

Yellow Pages

  • Capitalize in reference to the business telephone directory.


  • Use for boys and girls from age 13 until 17. Use man or woman for people who are 18 and older.