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Units of measurement

For an international audience, use both imperial and metric standards. Use the local preference with the secondary in brackets. If you need help converting between metric and non-metric units, just use Google – conversion tools are baked right into their services....Read More

America, The US, & the United States of America

“America” refers to two continents, containing a wide assortment of nations, people, and languages. Write “US” or “USA.” However, it is perfectly acceptable to call US residents “Americans.” Don’t use “The States.” It’s far...Read More

UK English vs. US English

Our readers are primarily accustomed to US English, so use “vacation” over “holiday,” “accommodations” (plural) instead of “accommodation” (singular) and “center,” “color” and “personalize” instead of “centre,” “colour” and “personalise.” For this reason, commas and...Read More

England, the UK, & Britain

The United Kingdom consists of four separate countries: England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. Abbreviate it as “the UK.” The history, geography, and government of the United Kingdom have led to a handful of terms that may be confusing. Be mindful...Read More

TV, HDTV, flatscreen, UHD, & 4K

Does anyone even make CRT TVs anymore? You don’t have to specify that rooms have high-definition flatscreen TVs. You can just say “TV.” If you absolutely must clarify that guests won’t be watching a CRT TV, “HDTV” is preferable to “Flatscreen TV,”...Read More

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