A

  • ad interim (lowercase, roman)
  • Advanced Placement
  • advisor (preferred spelling)
  • African American, Native American (no hyphen)
  • am, pm (lowercase, no periods)
  • Amazon.com
  • antiracism, antiracist
  • antisemitism
  • artist-in-residence

B

  • baby boom, baby boomer
  • Barnes & Noble (use &)
  • Barristers Hall (no apostrophe)
  • BC, as in “before Christ” (full caps, no periods)
  • Bible (capitalize), biblical studies (lowercase)
  • Black (adj.)
  • Blackboard (the app)
  • blogpost
  • Board of Trustees (of BU)
  • Boston Center for the Arts Calderwood Pavilion
  • Boston Playwrights’ Theatre
  • Boston University Theatre

C

  • CARB-X (The proper name of the program is Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Biopharmaceutical Accelerator, but the word mark and frequently used name is CARB-X.)
  • childcare
  • Choose to Be Great
  • Commencement
  • coursework
  • crowdfund, crowdsource

D

  • daycare
  • deaf (lowercase, when referring to physical condition)/Deaf (capitalized, when referring to community, culture, or area of academic inquiry)
  • decisionmaker
  • department chair (not chairman or chairwoman)
  • developing world is not a favored term, third-world country even less so. Instead, write low-income or low-resource countries
  • do’s and don’ts
  • dual degree program (no hyphen)

E

  • editor in chief (no hyphens)
  • email

F

  • farmers market (no apostrophe)
  • fellow (Guggenheim fellow, MacArthur fellow, Fulbright scholar, etc.)
  • fieldwork
  • firsthand
  • fundraising (one word)

G

  • Gen X, Gen Xer
  • grade point average (no hyphen)
  • Greater Boston

H

  • hands-on
  • head coach, assistant head coach (as in, men’s ice hockey head coach, women’s lacrosse assistant head coach)
  • healthcare (one word, no hyphen)
  • high school transcript (no hyphen)
  • homemaker
  • homepage

I

  • ID card (no periods)
  • Indigenous Peoples’ Day
  • internet
  • in vitro, in vivo (not italic)

L

  • late payment fee (no hyphen)
  • Law tower
  • LGBT+
  • login, login name (n.)
  • log in (v.)

M

  • MasterCard, Visa
  • master class (two words)
  • Matriculation
  • millennial
  • Move-In Weekend
  • multicultural, multidisciplinary (no hyphen)

N

  • New Testament (caps), scripture (lowercase)
  • nonmember (no hyphen)
  • nonprofit (no hyphen)

O

  • Obamacare
  • online

P

  • Parents Weekend (no apostrophe)
  • Patriots Day (no apostrophe)
  • pregame, postgame (no hyphen)
  • policymaker
  • postdoctoral
  • post-master’s degree
  • President Emeritus, Professor Emerita, Professors Emeriti, Professors Emeritae
  • Presidents Day (no apostrophe)
  • public schools (lowercase)

Q

  • Qur’an

R

  • résumé
  • Reserve Officer Training Corps

S

  • sitemap
  • slideshow (one word)
  • smartphone
  • Social Security number
  • start-up (n.)
  • State House
  • Student Link
  • study abroad (the act of going abroad for study)
  • Study Abroad (when referring to proper name of BU program)
  • StuVi-1, StuVi-2

T

  • Terrier Card
  • The Castle
  • theater (generic)
  • tool kit
  • touchscreen
  • trustees emeriti
  • T-shirt

U

  • Umoja
  • underway (one word)
  • US (no periods)
  • user name

V

  • v. (for names of legal cases, written as v. and italicized)
  • vs (abbreviation of versus; no period necessary)
  • Veterans Affairs (VA) (no apostrophe)
  • Veterans Day (no apostrophe)
  • voice mail

W

  • web (lowercase: the web, web address, web page, etc.)
  • website (one word)
  • Wi-Fi
  • Wired.com
  • Work-Study (Federal Work-Study Program)
  • workweek
  • World Wide Web

X

  • x-ray

Z

  • zip code