As the Chicago Manual of Style recommends, we follow the recommendations in Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary. The latest lexical research is available in the online edition. When there are multiple options presented, Chicago recommends going with the first option. Nimble's policy is to do so unless there are compelling reasons to prefer another spelling because of considerations such as unique characteristics of the knowledge domain.
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- I vastly prefer footnotes to endnotes. Reading footnotes is good for you. Endnotes are for cowardly publishers who are afraid their readers will be scared off by footnotes.
- I avoid indexes unless vitally necessary, as they are time-consuming, persnickety, and potentially expensive to produce. Also, they add calendar time to the schedule at the worst possible time, when copy is finally complete and the book is otherwise completely ready to go to press. If an index is essential, I ask the author to do it. There are programmatic tools available, but they require human supervision.
- I don't usually do dust jackets. I have come to this position reluctantly, as a book-lover who has owned and cherished many books with lovely dust-jackets. In the modern day, they add cost & complexity with IMO relatively little benefit and introduce an additional element that can be damaged in shipping, producing frustrated customers. I do have the option of providing dust jackets through one of my distributors (Ingram) so that can be a premium option if the circumstances justify.
Alphabetical Glossary of Terms
20-mm cannon with the hyphen.
abbreviations spelled out at first use except when used informally in a Foreword by non-expert author who refers to "PT boats"; it would seem pedantic and inauthentic to insert the full version.
adviser not advisor unless it is the person's formal job title.
builder's plate rather than builders plate or builder's plate.
Byung-Chul Han, philosopher; not Chul-Han; referred to by last name as "Han".
COVID-19 not Covid-19.
GPT-3 not GPT3.
Hull department of a ship building company; Product & Usability division of a corporation -- capitalize the name of the department if it is the full formal name only CMS 8.22/8.28.
Lt. (j.g.) with periods.
middle initials in personal names always have a period, even "Harry S. Truman" per CMS 10.12.
Mk 25: the Mk 25 nuclear warhead -- space between "Mk" and number, Mk is abbreviated title case.
planing hull, not planning hull
officer ranks abbreviated with periods, e.g. Capt.
pull-out sections of a magazine or newspaper; some dictionaries prefer pullout, but Cambridge & Collins go with pull-out
RON 23 or RON as an abbreviation or shorthand for Squadron, not Ron 23 or ron 23.
Scott-Paine, Hubert British motor torpedo boat designer, with hyphen, and Hubert, not Herbert.
ship names italicized per CMS
- ship names that are number designations CV 67 -- not italicized per house style -- pedantic and error-prone
No hyphens in ship numbers: the US Navy’s official standard is no hyphen, e.g. CV 77, PT 109. So, henceforth: MAS 451, S 12, TKA 123, PQ 17.
No italics in ship numbers: PT 109, not PT 109. Italicizing ship numbers may be Chicago style, but it is a pain to select and highlight those little words, so henceforth, no italics.
Squadron numbers use Arabic numerals (Squadron 3) not words ("Three") unless official name of squadron
excessive use of the subjunctive in referring to the past was unnecessary
Sr. and Jr., II, III, IV, and V need not be preceded by a comma. My name is "William F. Zimmerman V."