- If you’re a journalist or freelance writer who writes for newspaper or magazines, your two go-tos are Webster’s New World College Dictionary and the Associated Press Style-book.
- Of course, the media you are writing for may have its own style guide.
- If you are an academic, check your university’s style guide first and then fall back on the publishing industry’s faves if you need more guidance.
PS: June is the author of Grammar Snobs Are Great Big Meanies published by Penguin and syndicated columnist of "A Word Please."
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