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Per cent should be spelled out as two words. The percentage symbol should only be used in lists and creative. Hyphenate when descriptive.
We ran 80 per cent of the way.
A 10-per-cent increase.

Use of contractions is acceptable.
’62 (for 1962)
It’s (for it is)
Who’s (for who is)

PLURALS – Form plurals of abbreviations by adding an s. Do not use an apostrophe.
Examples: MBAs; HBAs

HONOUR VS. HONOR – Use honour in all cases with the exception of honorary degrees and BA Honors as well as the names of specific degree programs (e.g. honors specialization in Biochemistry).
It is an honour to receive this award.
She received an honorary degree from Western University last night.

CO- WORDS – Keep the hyphen in words beginning with co (co-operate, co-ordinate, co-chair).

Common misspellings and Ivey terminology:

• Aboriginal Peoples (not aboriginals)
• adviser (not or)
• affect (to have an effect/influence on), but effect (the result of an action)
• aging (no e)
• a lot (not alot)
• all right (not alright)
• alumna: feminine singular
• alumnae: feminine plural
• alumnus: masculine singular
• alumni: masculine plural or mixed plural
• amphitheatre
• any more (as in “I don’t want any more candy”)
• anymore (as in any longer)
• any time (two words – but anyplace, anything – one word)
• anyway (not anyways)
• awhile (adverb), a while (noun)
• Bachelor of Arts, a bachelor’s degree
• barbecue (not que)
• behaviour (not behavior)
• BlackBerry for wireless device (not Blackberry)
• board (uppercase only when using the formal name of a board. Otherwise, lowercase)
Toronto District School Board, but Toronto school board.
• bylaw, byline, bypass, byproduct (no hyphen)
• calibre (CAN/British sp.)
• candour (not candor)
• Case-Method Learning; Case-Method of Learning
• cheque (not check)
• co-chair, co-worker (hyphenate)
• colour
• complementary (serving to complete)
• complimentary (free)
• composed of (made up of), comprise (contains all parts)
The committee is composed of faculty.
The project comprises five parts.
• copyright (not copywrite)
• Councellor (double l)
• crisis (singular), crises (plural)
• Cross-Enterprise Leadership
• curriculum (singular), curricula (plural)
• Dragons’ Den for CBC show (not Dragon’s Den)
• defence, but defensive
• dos and don’ts (not do’s)
• email (not e-mail)
• emeritus (male), emerita (female), emeriti (plural), as in Professor Emeritus Paul Brown
• enrolment (1 l)
• enrol (1 l)
• enrolled (2 ls)
• ensure (make certain something happens), but insure (provide insurance)
• federal government (lowercase when not part of a formal name)
• FinTech (not fintech)
• First World War (not World War I), Second World War (not World War II)
• flavour (not flavor)
• followup (noun and adjective)
• forego (precede), forgo (go without)
• fulfil (not fulfill)
• full time, unless an adjective (full-time job)
• goodbye (no hyphen)
• grey (colour)
• hanged (killed by hanging), hung (suspended)
• heads-up (not head’s up)
• health care (two words)
• health-care (adjective)
• high-potential (hyphenated – if adjective is tied to a subject)
High-potential student.
Converting high potential into high achievement.
• hurdle (leap over), hurtle (throw swiftly)
• in depth (I’ll speak with you about this in depth), in-depth as adjective (an in-depth report)
• inquiry (not enquiry)
• install, but instalment
• Internet (capitalize)
• Intouch (not InTouch or In Touch) magazine – @Intouch, not @InTouch (monthly e-newsletter)
• its (is a possessive and does not take an apostrophe), it’s (is a contraction of ‘it is’ and does take an apostrophe)
It’s raining outside.
The cat chased its tail.
• Ivey:
The Ivey Business School
   • The School when referring to Ivey
   • Never Ivey School of Business
• Global Ivey Day (capitalized) – after first mention can be abbreviated to GID
• Ivey Homecoming or Homecoming (capitalized)
• Ivey Network or Ivey Alumni Network (capitalized) – can be referred to as Ivey Network, the Network, or abbreviated to IAN
• Ivey Pledge Ceremony (the full name should be used)
   • The Pledge (when referring to “the Pledge” the word Pledge should be capitalized)
• jibe (not jive)
• judgment (no e)
• know-how (hyphen)
• labour, but laborious
• lay off (verb), layoff (noun)
• leader (capitalize only when used as a title preceding a name (Liberal Leader John Bates), but not when used generally (party leader) or when former (former Liberal leader Karen Thomas)
• led (past term of lead)
• liaise (not liase)
• licence (noun), license (verb)
• line up (verb), lineup (noun)
• loath (reluctant), loathe (to detest)
She loathes cheese, but is loath to admit it.
• log in (verb), login (noun and adjective)
• long term (in the long term), long-term (adjective – long-term contract)
• longtime (no hyphen)
• loonie (dollar coin), loony (slang for insane)  
• manoeuvre
• media (plural), medium (singular)
• mould (not mold)
• nationwide (no hyphen)
• No. 1 or number 1 (not number one)
• offence (not offense), but offensive
• OK (not okay), OK’d, OK’ing
• online (not on-line)
• panellists (two ls)
• part time, unless an adjective (part-time job)
• pique (not peak or peek), meaning to engage or arouse
• playwright (not playwrite)
• policy-maker (not policymaker or policy maker)
• postgraduate (not post-graduate)
• post-secondary
• practice (noun or adjective), practise (verb)
• prerogative (not perogative)
• principal (main chief, head of a school), principle (a tenet or matter of belief)
   She was the principal investigator.
   He is a man of high moral principles.
• provincewide
• provincial government (lowercase when not part of a formal name)
• rational (sensible), rationale (statement of reasons)
• rein (harness), reign (monarch’s rule)
• resumé (accent aigu on last e only)
• real-world or real world (hyphenated when describing something, as in real-world experience)
• rigour, but rigorous
• spin off (verb), spinoff (noun or adjective)
• startup (one word)  
• stationery (paper and pens), stationary (not moving)
• storey (buildings – two-storey building)
• teammate (no hyphen)
• thank you (two words, no hyphen unless used as an adjective)
   Thank you for the cookies.
    I sent a thank-you note.
• timeline (one word)
• try to (not try and)
• total, totalled
• U.K. (periods)
• URL (not url)
• Vice-President (caps with hyphen)
• waiver (a document), waver (to falter)
• Wal-Mart (in Canada), Walmart (brand name in U.S.)
• Warren Buffett (not Buffet)
• website (not web-site)
• Western University (Western on subsequent references); the University (not UWO or The University of Western Ontario)
• workforce (one word)
• World Wide Web (capitalize), but web, website (generic terms)
• Worldwide (one word)

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