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Xerox

A trademark, never a verb. Use “photocopy.”

Xinhua

Xinhua News Agency is the full name of the official news agency of the Chinese government based in Beijing. Xinhua is acceptable on second reference.

Xmas

Do not use this abbreviation for Christmas.

XML

For Extensible Markup Language (XML) is a software markup language that defines a set of rules for encoding documents in a format which is both human-readable and machine-readable. XML is acceptable on second reference.

X-ray

Noun, verb and adjective. Use for both the photographic process and the radiation particles themselves.

Yahoo

Yahoo Inc. is an American multinational technology company headquartered in Sunnyvale, California. It is globally known for its internet portal, search engine called Yahoo! Search, and related services, including Yahoo! Mail. The trademark is Yahoo! Do not use the exclamation point in the formal corporate name.

yard

A common unit of linear measurement in English speaking countries, equal to 3 feet or 36 inches and equivalent to 0.9144 meters. In forex exchange market slang, a "yard" equals US$1 bln.

years

Use figures, without commas: 1975. When a phrase refers to a month, day and year, set off the year with a comma: Feb. 14, 1987. Use an 's' without apostrophe to indicate spans of decades or centuries: the 1890s, the 1800s. Years are the lone exception to the general rule in numerals that a figure is not used to start a sentence: 1976 was a very good year.

year ends

Financial, fiscal (tax), company and crop years rarely coincide with calendar years, so explain clearly in the text which year is referred to, e.g., “The budget target deficit for the financial year ended March 2002 was...” or “Cocoa production rose 14 per cent to 100,000 tons in the year ended September 2001.” Take care with crop-year dates, as the old crop can be harvested and the new crop planted in the same year. To refer to the 2002 crop, e.g., can be dangerously ambiguous. Also, commodity producers sometimes also have marketing years for produce that differ from the crop year. In such cases spell out the year referred to and when each starts and ends. Organisations such as the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the International Coffee Organisation produce statistics based on different years.

yesterday

Use only in direct quotations and in phrases that do not refer to a specific day; otherwise Reuters uses the specific day of the week e.g. Monday for the sake of clarity given the global nature of the readership. The same applies to 'tomorrow'.

youth, teenagers

Applicable to males and females between 11 and 19 years of age. Use child or children for those 10 or younger. Use man or woman for those 20 or older.

YouTube

YouTube LLC is a video-sharing service owned by Google and headquartered in San Bruno, California, United States. YouTube is acceptable on second reference.

Zuider Zee

Not Zuyder Zee, Netherlands.

ZULU

A term used by Western military forces to mean GMT. Also used to represent the letter Z in the international phonetic alphabet used in military communications. Also, Zulu, a member of an ethnic group living mainly in Natal, Republic of South Africa and whose language is Bantu.

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