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That & who

“Who” refers to people. “That” refers to anything else. This is a common mistake to make in spoken English, so you may need to pay close attention to notice it in your writing. Example Avoid: Feel free to pick up a keycard for any other guest...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

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

OK, O.K., & okay

The origins of “OK” as a term are murky at best, but the consensus is that it’s an acronym that’s become a word unto itself. “OK” is OK. “Okay” is not. Nor is “O.K.” See also Abbreviations & acronyms...Read More

No thanks

Though this polite form of “no” is short for “No, but thank you for asking,” “no thanks” does not take a comma. Do not use “no, thanks.” In call-to-action buttons, use the shorter “no.”...Read More

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