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The following includes words from the Canadian Oxford Dictionary and CP Stylebook with troublesome spellings. Also included are some academic words often used at Memorial University.

  • abscess
  • accommodate
  • advisor
  • allotted
  • alumnae rarely used (See Alumni section.)
  • alumni most commonly used (See Alumni section.)
  • alumna
  • alumnus
  • analyze not analyse
  • anoint
  • BA
  • bachelor’s degree not capitalized
  • bachelor’s degrees not bachelors’ degrees, and not capitalized
  • battalion
  • benefited
  • Board of Regents or board in subsequent references (See Capitalization section.)
  • B.Sc.
  • buoy
  • caffeine
  • carburetor
  • cemetery
  • centre in past tense, centred
  • chair a verb, as in "she will chair the meeting"
  • chair a noun, when referring to a title (See Capitalization section.)
  • College is capitalized when referring to a specific college in first reference: Grenfell College (See Capitalization section.)
  • cirrhosis
  • cocurricular
  • college in subsequent references or general use (See Capitalization section.)
  • colour
  • coloration
  • compatible
  • confectionery
  • connoisseur
  • consensus
  • co-ordinate
  • co-operate
  • dean in subsequent references (See Capitalization section.)
  • deductible
  • defence not defense
  • delicatessen
  • deterrent
  • dilemma
  • disappoint
  • D.Litt. Doctor of Letters
  • doctoral degree not capitalized
  • doctorate not capitalized
  • ecstasy
  • e.g. meaning "for example." Use a comma before the abbreviation but not after.
  • email (no hyphen)
  • embarrass
  • emeritus (masc.) (See Emeritus section.)
  • English upper case (See Academic subjects section.)
  • enrol, enrolled, enrolling
  • enrolment
  • ensure not insure (except when referring to insurance)
  • etc. meaning "and so on." Do not use a comma before the abbreviation.
  • faculty as in a group of professors, the professoriate
  • Faculty as in an academic division, the Faculty of Pure and Applied Science (See Capitalization section.)
  • fall semester, winter semester, spring semester (no caps)
  • favour
  • Fax or FAX (no period)
  • Fellow, when referring to an academic Fellow, a Fellow of the Royal Society etc. (See Capitalization section.)
  • first-year student, during first year
  • focused
  • focusing
  • fulfil
  • full time as an adverb, e.g. She works here full time. (modifies a verb or sentence)
  • full-time as an adjective, e.g. He is a full-time student. (modifies a noun)
  • fundraiser
  • fundraising
  • gauge
  • Governor General no hyphen, upper case only when it precedes name
  • governor general lower case in subsequent references and in general use without a name
  • Grade 9, Grade 12, ninth grade
  • grey
  • harass, harassment
  • hemorrhage
  • honour
  • Honours BA
  • honours degree
  • honorary degree
  • honoris causa put in italics, indicating Latin words (See Italics section.)
  • hygiene
  • hypocrisy
  • idiosyncrasy
  • i.e. meaning "that is to say." Do not use a comma after the abbreviation.
  • impostor
  • impresario
  • Inco
  • infallible
  • innocuous
  • inoculate
  • in regard to not ‘in regards to’
  • install
  • installation, installed
  • instalment
  • instill
  • instilled
  • interdisciplinary no hyphen
  • Internet
  • Inuit plural noun and adjective
  • Inuk singular noun and adjective
  • iridescent
  • jewelry
  • judgment
  • khaki
  • labour
  • lead noun as in "a pencil lead"
  • lead verb, present tense of "to lead"
  • led verb, past tense of "to lead"
  • literature not a synonym for English (there are many different types of literature)
  • library in general terms, or in subsequent reference
  • Library as in the QE II Library, capitalize on first reference with full name
  • licence noun (as in driver’s licence, fishing licence)
  • license verb (to grant a permit to, to authorize the use of, as in, he is licensed as a chiropractor, the restaurant is licensed to serve alcohol)
  • lieutenant
  • Lieutenant-Governor with hyphen, upper case only when it precedes a name
  • litre
  • LLD Doctor of Laws
  • LLB Bachelor of Laws
  • LLM Master of Laws
  • MA
  • master’s degree not capitalized
  • master’s degrees not masters’ degrees, and not capitalized
  • metre
  • millennium
  • Mother Nature
  • Ms.
  • M.Sc. (See Degrees section.)
  • multilingual no hyphen
  • multidisciplinary no hyphen
  • non-profit
  • numbers write one through nine as words, depict 10 and up as figures (See Numbers section.)
  • occurrence
  • online
  • organization
  • parallel
  • paralleled
  • paraphernalia
  • parliament no caps
  • part time as an adverb, e.g. She works here part time. (modifies a verb or sentence) part-time as an adjective, e.g. He is a part-time student. (modifies a noun)
  • pavilion
  • perseverance
  • per cent (use % only in a table)
  • percentage
  • PhD no periods, stands for doctor of philosophy
  • post-secondary
  • prerequisite
  • prerogative
  • Principal upper case only when followed by a name, as in Grenfell College Principal John Ashton (See Capitalization section.)
  • principle noun, meaning fundamental truth or law, as in the moral principle or she has no principles
  • privilege
  • professor emeritus
  • professor emerita
  • professores emeriti
  • program not programme
  • pro tempore (always italics)
  • questionnaire
  • rarefy
  • reconnaissance
  • Remembrance Day (not Armistice Day)
  • restaurateur
  • resuscitate
  • rhythm
  • sacrilegious
  • semi-final
  • senate in second and subsequent references or general use. (See Capitalization sections.)
  • shepherd
  • siege
  • supersede
  • surmise
  • surprise
  • theatre not theater (unless part of a proper name, esp. in the U.S.)
  • ton - imperial measure
  • tonne - metric measure
  • U.S., but US when referring used with money, $50 US
  • U.S.A.
  • valour
  • vapour
  • versus use long form in text
  • vs. use short form only in sports schedules and law cases
  • vigorous
  • vigour
  • WAR: First World War, Second World War
  • website
  • weird
  • well-known
  • world renowned
  • Yom Kippur