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Taiwanese names
like Hong Kong and Korean names, these are in two parts with a hyphen, eg Lee Teng-hui

takeoff
noun

take off
verb

takeover
one word

talkshow

talk to
not talk with

targeted, targeting

tariff

taskforce

taxi, taxiing
of aircraft

teacup, teapot, teaspoon, teabag

team-mate

teams
sports teams take plural verbs: Wednesday were relegated again, Australia were beaten by an innings, etc; but note that in a business context, they are singular like other companies, eg Leeds United posted its biggest loss to date

 

Technicolor
TM

Teflon
TM; say non-stick pan

telephone numbers
hyphenate after three or four-figure area codes, but not five-figure area codes: 020-7278 2332, 0161-832 7200; 01892 456789, 01227 123456; treat mobile phone numbers as having five-figure area codes: 07775 654321

television shows
chatshow, gameshow, quizshow, talkshow

temperatures
thus: 30C (85F) - ie celsius, with fahrenheit in brackets; but be extremely wary (or don't bother) converting temperature changes, eg an average temperature change of 2C was wrongly converted to 36F in an article about a heatwave (although a temperature of 2C is about the same as 36F, a temperature change of 2C corresponds to a change of about 4F)

tenses

see burned, dreamed, learned, spelled, spoiled

terrace houses
not terraced

Tesco
not Tesco's

that
do not use automatically after the word 'said', but take care to use it in clauses where without it the meaning would be ambiguous

that or which?
that defines, which informs:
the Bolt, which I read at every opportunity, is the university magazine that I admire above all others

theirs
no apostrophe

Thermos
TM; say vacuum flask

thinktank
one word

third world
lc, but developing countries is preferable

thunderstorm

times
1am, 6.30pm etc; 10 o'clock last night but 10pm yesterday; half past two, a quarter to three, etc; for 24-hour clock, 00.47, 23.59

titles
do not italicise or put in quotes titles of books, films, TV programmes, paintings, songs, albums or anything else. Words in titles take initial caps except for a, and, for, from, in, of, the, to (except in initial position): A Tale of Two Cities, Happy End of the World, Shakespeare in Love, The God of Small Things, War and Peace, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, etc

T-junction

Tokyo

tomato
plural tomatoes

tonne
not ton: the metric tonne is 1,000 kilograms (2,204.62lb), the British ton is 2,240lb, and the US ton is 2,000lb; usually there is no need to convert

top 10, top 40
etc

tornado
plural tornadoes (storm)

Tornado
plural Tornados (aircraft)

totalled

touchdown

town councillor, town hall

trademarks (TM)
take great care: use a generic alternative unless there is a very good reason not to: eg ballpoint pen, not biro (unless it really is a Biro, in which case it takes a cap B); say photocopy rather than Xerox, etc

tragic
use with care, especially avoiding cliches such as 'tragic accident'

Traveller, Travellers
uc, Irish Travellers have been recognised as a distinct ethnic group under race relations legislation

Trekkers
how to refer to Star Trek fans unless you want to make fun of them, in which case they are Trekkies

trenchcoat

trooper
soldier in a cavalry regiment; trouper member of a troupe, or dependable worker ('marketing are real troupers')

try to
never 'try and': eg I will try to do something about this misuse of language

T-shirt
not tee-shirt

tsunami
wave caused by an undersea earthquake — not a tidal wave

turnover
noun

turn over
verb

21st century
but hyphenate if adjectival: 'women of the 21st century, '21st-century women'



 
 

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