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health care (n.) — not healthcare

Hilton University of Houston— the official name of the Hilton hotel located on the UH campus

The Honors College — Capitalize the “T” in The in headlines, the word mark, other titles and subtitles. Capitalize the “H” in Honors when modifying nouns associated with the college. In running text, lowercase the in all cases.

Honors students, Honors courses
The Honors College is hosting a reception for incoming freshmen.
The department has a dedicated scholarship for Honors students
Students graduating from the Honors College will receive special recognition.

Homecoming — not homecoming. Capitalize the H.

home page — not homepage

honorary degree — Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa

John Doe, Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary) or (honoris causa) or (h.c.)

Houston Chronicle — not the HC

however — Avoid starting a sentence with however when the meaning is nevertheless. The word usually serves better when not in first position.

Yes: I never thought I would pass that course. After a lot of hard work, however, I earned a “B.”

No: I never thought I would pass that course. However, after a lot of hard work, I earned a “B.”

When however comes first, it means in whatever way or to whatever extent.

Yes: However you advise him, he probably will do as he thinks best.
Yes: However discouraging the prospect, he never lost heart.

hurricane — Capitalize hurricane when it is part of the formal name assigned to a storm: Hurricane Ike.


  • Don’t break a hyphenated compound in the middle of either of its component words. If the compound must be broken, break it after the hyphen. If in doubt, consult the dictionary.
  • Avoid line breaks that leave only one or two letters at the end of a line or at the beginning of the next line.
  • Avoid having more than two lines in a row that end in hyphens.
  • Avoid breaking personal names, proper nouns, phone or fax numbers and email, Web, street and mailing addresses. If you must break a Web or email address, break it before a punctuation mark.
  • Don’t use a hyphen with words ending in “-ly.”
  • Compounds with the word century are hyphenated when they work as modifiers: ninth-century art, 11th-century religion.
  • Generally do not hyphenate when using a prefix with a word starting with a consonant.
  • Use a hyphen if the word that follows is capitalized.
  • Except for cooperate and coordinate, use a hyphen if the prefix ends in a vowel and the word that follows begins with the same vowel.
  • Use hyphens with temporary compounds, such as those invented by the writer: quasi-realistic, post-Homecoming. A compound is permanent when it can be found in a current dictionary or style manual.
  • Consult a current dictionary or style manual to determine whether to close or hyphenate common compounds, such as lifelong (closed) or life-size (hyphenated).
  • Use a hyphen for extra clarity when the last letter of the prefix and the first letter of the word are the same (as in non-native) or when confusion might arise if the term is written as one word:

Yes: The letter was re-sent.

No: The letter was resent.

  • Use a hyphen when the second element begins with a capital letter or a numeral: anti-Reagan, post-80s, pre-1492.
  • Compounds with –like and –wide are usually closed, except for proper nouns or other forms in which a closed compound would likely be confusing (such as words ending with “–l.”

Poe-like, businesslike, shell-like, universitywide, systemwide, campuswide, statewide, nationwide, citywide, worldwide

For a detailed list of hyphenated words, consult the Associated Press 2012 Stylebook and Webster’s New World College Dictionary.


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