Follow the Canadian Oxford Dictionary, which is the authority for CP spelling.
- centre (not center, unless part of a proper name, usually a US organization) in past tense is spelled centred
- per cent (two words, not percent or % in text)
- focused, focusing (not focussed, focussing)
- program (not programme)
- University (cap "U" when referring to York)
The following includes words from the Canadian Oxford Dictionary and CP Stylebook with troublesome spellings. Also included are some academic words often used at York University.
rarely used (See Alumni
most commonly used (See Alumni
not "bachelors’ degrees", and not capitalized
board or board of governors
when used as a verb, as in "I will carry forward this item to the next meeting."
when used as a noun, as in "Place this carryforward in column three."
in past tense, centred
a verb, as in "she will chair the meeting"
college is capitalized when referring to a specific college in first reference (See Capitalization
Dean of Arts John Bourstin
in first reference
meaning "for example"
Use a comma before the abbreviation but not after.
(See EMERITUS section.)
enrol, enrolled, enrolling
not insure (except when referring to insurance)
meaning "and so on"
Do not use a comma before the abbreviation.
as in a group of professors, the professoriate
as in an academic division, the Faculty of Pure and Applied Science (See Capitalization
When referring to an academic Fellow, a Fellow of the Royal Society etc. (See Capitalization
as an adverb, e.g. She works here full time. (modifies a verb or sentence)
as an adjective, e.g. He is a full-time student. (modifies a noun)
no hyphen, upper case only when it precedes name
lower case in subsequent references and in general use without a name
put in italics, indicating Latin words (See Italics
meaning "that is to say"
Do not use a comma after the abbreviation.
in regard to
not ‘in regards to’
plural noun and adjective
singular noun and adjective
noun as in "a pencil lead"
verb, present tense of "to lead"
verb, past tense of "to lead"
not a synonym for English (there are many different types of literature)
in general terms, or in subsequent reference
as in the Scott Library, capitalize on first reference with full name
noun (as in driver’s licence, fishing licence)
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)
with hyphen, upper case only when it precedes a name
not "masters’ degrees", and not capitalized
no period -- It is not an abbreviation for anything.
write one through nine as words, depict 10 and up as figures (See Numbers
Osgoode Hall Law School
on first reference. In subsequent references use Osgoode or the law school. (Don’t use Osgoode Hall -- it confuses the school with the court in downtown Toronto.)
as an adverb, e.g. She works here part time. (modifies a verb or sentence) part-timeas an adjective, e.g. He is a part-time student. (modifies a noun)
no periods, stands for doctor of philosophy
noun or adjective, meaning first in rank or importance, as in the principal of Glendon College, the principal investigator in the research project or the principal objective of the union
upper case only when followed by a name, as in Glendon College Principal Henri Deveau (See Capitalization
noun, meaning fundamental truth or law, as in the moral principle or she has no principles
note the absence of an "n"
Schulich School of Business
in second and subsequent references or general use. (See Capitalization
not theater (unless part of a proper name, esp. in the US)
referring to York University
referring to all others, or to universities in general (See Capitalization
University Board of Governors
use long form in text
use short form only in sports schedules and law cases
capitalize only when it precedes a name, as in Vice-President University Advancement Andrew Bourne
its (possessive pronoun)
The department cut its budget.
it's contraction / abbreviation for "it is")
It's going to be a busy semester.
actually means in the future, soon, or after a short time, as in "He will arrive presently." It means soon. It should not be used to mean now. (Use currently if you mean now.)
actually means to give or to render, as in "The claim entitles Native Canadians to fish on the land." This word should not be used in reference to a book, unless one is speaking of the author’s act of giving the book a name, as in "He decided to entitle his book, A Life in Progress." But the book is titled or called A Life in Progress.
in regard to
not ‘in regards to’
This is not a word. Please don’t use it. The word is regardless.