- 1 Haarlem, Harlem
- 2 habeas corpus
- 3 Habsburg
- 4 Haiti
- 5 hale, hail
- 6 half
- 7 half-mast
- 8 haj
- 9 haji
- 10 halftime
- 11 hallelujah
- 12 Halley's comet
- 13 halo, halos
- 14 hands off
- 15 Hamas
- 16 Hamilton
- 17 hang
- 18 hangar, hanger
- 19 hara-kiri
- 20 harass, harassment
- 21 hard court
- 22 hard fought
- 23 hardline, hardliner
- 24 hat-trick
- 25 H-bomb
- 26 head of state
- 27 headroom
- 28 healthcare
- 29 hedge fund
- 30 heavenly bodies
- 31 hectare
- 32 heights
- 33 hemorrhage
- 34 hemorrhoid
- 35 here
- 36 heroin
- 37 hertz
- 38 Hezbollah
- 39 hiccup
- 40 HICP
- 41 hi-fi
- 42 high-tech
- 43 high commission
- 44 hike
- 45 hint
- 46 hippie
- 47 Hispanic
- 48 Hispanic names
- 49 Hispaniola
- 50 historic, historical
- 51 hit by
- 52 hitchhike, hitchhiker
- 53 Hitler
- 54 HIV
- 55 Hizbollah
- 56 hoard, horde
- 57 hoary
- 58 Hobson's choice
- 59 hoi polloi
- 60 Holland
- 61 holocaust
- 62 Holy Places
- 63 homemade
- 64 homemaker
- 65 homeopathy
- 66 home schooling
- 67 hometown
- 68 homosexual
- 69 honorifics
- 70 hoof-and-mouth
- 71 hopefully
- 72 horde, hoard
- 73 hospitalise, hospitalisation
- 74 host
- 75 hostile bid
- 76 hot spot
- 77 House of Commons, the Commons
- 78 House of Representatives
- 79 housing unit
- 80 human being
- 81 humorist
- 82 hundredweight
- 83 hung
- 84 hurricanes
- 85 hyphenation
- 86 hydro
- 87 hyperthermia
- 88 hypothermia
Haarlem is in the Netherlands, HarIem in New York City.
A writ to produce a prisoner before a court, usually used to establish whether the person's detention is legal . When used in stories, define its meaning.
Not an island. It shares the island of Hispaniola with the Dominican Republic.
Hale is free from disease, or to pull or haul by force. Hail is to salute or call out, or an ice shower. Hail a cab. A person is hale and hearty.
Note the following: halfhearted, halftrack; half brother, half size; half-baked, half-cocked, half-hour, half-life, half-moon, half-truth.
Hyphenate. Strict military protocol distinguishes between half-mast for ships and naval stations and half-staff for other uses on land.
Not hadj or hajj. The Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca.
Someone who has performed the haj.
Lower case "c"
Hyphenate when a compound modifier. She adopted a hands-off policy and kept her hands off decisions.
Refer to it as the Islamist Hamas movement. Suggest we include following in most stories on Hamas: Its leaders have offered a long-term truce with Israel in return for a viable Palestinian state in the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip. The Islamist group continues to say it will not formally recognise Israel and its 1988 founding charter calls for the destruction of the Jewish state.
Use the form HAMILTON, Bermuda as a dateline for the Bermudan capital.
A person is hanged, a picture is hung.
hangar is a shelter for aircraft, a hanger for clothes
Japanese ritual suicide. Not hari-kari.
Not harrass. But embarrass.
The hard courts were designed for big servers, but one word as an adjective, e.g. hardcourt tournament.
Avoid this cliche in sports reporting. Most competitive matches are hard fought and it is a story if they are not.
Spell as one word, without hyphen.
Use hydrogen bomb in text unless directly quoting someone. May be used in headlines.
head of state
Be careful, it is not always the prime minister.
A private investment fund in which institutions and individuals may invest. It typically aims to produce high returns from rapid, short-term market movements, often by taking very leveraged positions and using aggressive strategies such as short selling, swaps, derivatives, program trading and arbitrage.
Capitalise the names of planets, stars and constellations.
To convert to acres roughly multiply by five and divide by two, precisely multiply by 2.471.
Convert the heights of mountains, buildings, etc. from metres to feet, not yards.
Avoid using here as a device to locate a story. It can lead to confusion, ambiguity and sometimes error. It is often not necessary to give a locator in a lead paragraph. For instance, in a Budapest-datelined story on a meeting between the Hungarian and French presidents one would assume that they met in the capital unless the story explicitly said otherwise. In that case the reference to the talks being in Budapest could come in the second or third paragraph.
A unit of frequency of one cycle per second. It usually requires explanation. e.g. 16,000 hertz (cycles per second).
A Shi’ite Islamist group in Lebanon that is backed by Syria and Iran. It is a political party with a formidable guerrilla army.
Harmonised index of consumer prices, a measure of inflation calculated under common rules by all EU member states. In Britain, the HICP is known as the CPI, but the two are the same index.
Not hi-tech. Use as adjective only. As a noun write high-technology.
Lower case except when specific: British High Commission.
Use rise or increase when referring to pay, prices, etc. "Hike" is jargon.
Do not use this inadequate word because it risks making a value judgment. Who said what and where and when?
Not hippy. A rebel against conventional standards and values.
As a noun or adjective refers to those whose ethnic origin is in a Spanish-speaking country. Be more specific where possible, such as Colombian or Mexican. Note that people from Portuguese-speaking countries are not Hispanic. See race
People in Spanish-speaking countries usually include in their full names the family name of their father followed by that of their mother, sometimes linked by y (and), e.g. Ferdinand Maradona Lopez, Pedro Ardiles y Portillo.
Give the full name at first reference, but only the father’s family name (Maradona, Ardiles) at second reference, unless the person is normally known by the combination of two names. Portuguese, Spanish and Brazilian soccer players may be known by several names, one name, or a nickname. Follow commonly accepted usage e.g. Pele, Joao Pinto, Edu.
A Caribbean island shared by Haiti and the Dominican Republic.
A historic event is a major and dramatic one, a historical event is one which, even if in itself quite minor, is part of history. Historic is nearly always the word needed in Reuters copy but use it with care to avoid writing a cliché.
Do not use when you mean affected by.
First name was Adolf not Adolph. His title was Fuehrer (leader) not Fuhrer.
Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome is caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). The term AIDS applies to the most advanced stages of HIV infection. The initials AIDS and HIV may be used at first reference with the full name given lower in the story. Do not write HIV virus.
Do not use. See Hezbollah
A hoard is a hidden stock or treasure, a horde a multitude.
Not hoarey, for something ancient or white with age.
Not the lesser of two evils, but no choice at all.
Not the hoi polloi. Prefer the masses, or the common people.
Use the Netherlands except in datelines, where it is just Netherlands, e.g. ARNHEM, Netherlands, May 16 …
Wholesale slaughter or destruction by fire. Capitalise when referring to the Nazi massacre of European Jewry.
The Holy Places of Islam are Mecca, Medina and Jerusalem, in that order. In Mecca the great mosque containing the Kaaba is venerated especially in the annual haj, or pilgrimage. In Medina it is the Prophet Mohammad’s mosque where the founder of the Islamic religion is buried. Non-believers are not allowed to enter Mecca or Medina. In Jerusalem it is al-Haram al-Sharif, which Jews call the Temple Mount.
Two words, but hypehnate home-schooled and home-schooler.
The word applies to both men and women, not just to men. Therefore do not write homosexuals and lesbians, although you can refer to homosexual men and women.
See courtesy titles, nobility, religious titles, royalty.
Except in quotation do not use to mean it is hoped that …
A horde is a multitude, a hoard is a hidden stock or treasure.
Do not use. Prefer taken to hospital or treated in hospital. On most occasions drop the reference because seriously ill or injured people are usually treated in hospital.
Acceptable as a verb.
A bid for a company that is not supported by its senior management.
Two words: an area that has wireless computer connectivity, a global trouble spot or a point of intense heat in a fire.
House of Commons, the Commons
House of Representatives
Capitalise when referring to a specific body e.g. the U.S. House of Representatives.
Jargon. Use home or household.
Just human will do.
UK/U.S. long = 112 pounds/50.8 kg. U.S. short = 100 pounds/45.4 kg.
A person is hanged, a picture is hung.
The most severe of all storms is a cyclone, in which winds blow spirally inwards towards a centre of low barometric pressure. In the Caribbean and on the East Coast of the United States such a storm is called a hurricane. In many countries meteorological offices give tropical storms the names of men and women in alphabetical sequence. Capitalise names once a hurricane has been so designated: Hurricane Katrina. Use it, not he or she, as the pronoun.
Use a hyphen if its omission might lead to ambiguity, e.g. three year-old horses is quite different from three-year-old horses. Use caution in headlines: False jailing claim delayed. What was meant was False-jailing claim delayed.
Hyphens tend to erode with time and many words once hyphenated are now generally written unhyphenated e.g. ceasefire, cooperation, gunrunner, machinegun.
Use a hyphen to show that two or more words are to be read together as a single word with its own meaning, different from that of the individual words, e.g. extra-judicial duties (duties other than judicial ones) as opposed to extra judicial duties (additional judicial duties).
Do not hyphenate an adjective and a noun when they stand alone, e.g. the left wing of the party. If the adjective and noun are paired to form a new adjective, they are hyphenated, e.g. a first-class result, the left-wing party. Hyphenate numbers and nouns or adjectives when they are paired to form a new adjective, e.g. a six-cylinder car, a one-armed man. Do not hyphenate adjectives used to form comparatives or superlatives, e.g. the most desirable outcome, the least likely result, the more obvious solution.
Do not hyphenate an adverb and adjective when they stand alone, e.g. The artist was well known. If the adverb and adjective are paired to form a new adjective, they are hyphenated, e.g. a well-known artist. Do not do so however if the adverb ends in -ly, e.g. a poorly planned operation.
Hyphenate two adjectives or an adjective and a present or past participle when they are paired to form a new adjective, e.g. a dark-blue dress, a good-looking man, a well-tailored suit.
Do not hyphenate very with an adjective. He is a very good man.
If the second element in a word is capitalised, hyphenate. Transatlantic is an exception.
If pre- or re- is followed by an element beginning with e, hyphenate e.g. pre-empt, re-employ.
If the first element of a word is the negative non-, hyphenate, e.g. a non-aggression pact (but nonconformist).
Where two nouns are paired to form another noun, hyphenate if their original distinct meanings are still clearly retained, e.g. actor-manager. Otherwise do not hyphenate, e.g. housekeeper.
Where a verb and adverb are paired to form a noun, hyphenate if the verb ends and the adverb begins with a vowel, e.g. cave-in, flare-up.
Hyphenate titles when the first word is a preposition, e.g. under-secretary, vice-admiral, or when a noun is followed by an adjective, e.g. attorney-general. (However official U.S. titles are not hyphenated, e.g. the US. Attorney General.) Do not hyphenate when the noun follows the adjective, e.g. second lieutenant.
Hyphenate fractions, e.g. three-quarter, two-thirds.
Hyphenate secondary compass points, e.g. south-southwest but not main ones e.g. southwest.
Hyphenate compound words when not to do so would result in an ugly sound or confusion of meaning, e.g. cross-section, sea-eagle.
Hyphenate both terms in phrases such as short- and medium-range missiles. If a figure being converted is hyphenated make sure that the figure in the conversion is also, e.g. within a 10-mile (six-km) radius.
In general, no hyphen e.g. hydroelectric.
Too hot. Think of '–er' as in very.
Too cold. Think that o rhymes with low.
Category: The Reuters General Style Guide
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