Words as words Edit

Highlight: Italicize words used as words.

While referring to a particular word or phrase as the word or phrase itself, use italic formatting. For additional information about italics, see Text highlighting.

Examples

Not recommended: Don’t substitute a / (slash) as a conjunction. Use the word or instead.

Not recommended: Don’t substitute a “/” (slash) as a conjunction. Use the word “or” instead.

Not recommended: Don’t substitute a / (slash) as a conjunction. Use the word or instead.

Recommended: Don’t substitute a / (slash) as a conjunction. Use the word or instead.

While referring to letters as letters, use italics.

Examples

Not recommended: If a proper noun ends with an s, you can either use an apostrophe and s or just an apostrophe.

Not recommended: If a proper noun ends with an “s”, you can either use an apostrophe and “s” or just an apostrophe.

Not recommended: If a proper noun ends with an s, you can either use an apostrophe and s or just an apostrophe.

Recommended: If a proper noun ends with an s, you can either use an apostrophe and s or just an apostrophe.

Use an apostrophe and an s to form the plural, but don’t italicize the apostrophe or the s.

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