Numbers/Word List

Spell out numbers one through nine (except in a headline) and general numbers (dozens, a thousand); use figures for 10 and above. If a number is the first word of a sentence, spell it out.
Example: The organization’s founders included four faculty members and 21 students, but the group recruited hundreds more. Fifty first-time entering freshmen joined the organization.

Percentages are expressed as figures, and spell out the word “percent.”
Example: The assignment was 5 percent of the final grade, and 90 percent of the class passed.

For very large sums of money, use figures with a dollar sign; spell out million or billion.
Example: UA Little Rock received a $2.7 million grant through the U.S. Department of Education to expand its Reading Recovery program.

The following list serves as a convenient reference for the correct usage of commonly misspelled or stylized words.

The terms below should be used as shown in accordance with AP style or UA Little Rock house rules:

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General Word List

The terms below are often confused:

alumna, alumnae, alumni, alumnus

Alumna is the feminine single form; alumnae is the feminine plural form. Alumnus is the male or gender-neutral singular; alumni is the masculine or mixed-gender plural.

Use capital when referring to cities that are seats of government, such as the capital city of Little Rock, and when used in a financial context. Use capitol when referring to buildings.

advisor, not adviser
catalog, not catalogue
course work, not coursework
fieldwork, not field work
work-study, not workstudy
toward, not towards
yearlong, not year long
fundraising/fundraiser, not fund raising or fund-raising


full time/full-time or part time/part-time
Only hyphenate when used as a compound modifier: She attends full time; She is a full-time student.

on campus/on-campus or off campus/off-campus
Only hyphenate when used as a compound modifier: Joe Smith lives on campus; Joe is reviewing his on-campus housing options.

log in/log-in or log out/log-out
Hyphenate when used as a noun or modifier, not when used as a verb. Your log-in attempt has failed; Log in to BOSS to update your personal information..