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SCU Editorial Style Guide



gender Use man for any male person above the age of 18. Use woman for any female person above the age of 18. For those under the age of 18, use boy, girl, young man, or young woman as appropriate for the audience and ages (an exception to the AP Stylebook). Try to avoid excessive use of gendered nouns; in University contexts it is preferable to use the gender-neutral student whenever possible.

God, god(s)

God, god(s) Capitalize God or words that mean God in reference to the divine being of all monotheistic religions.

  • the Son
  • Allah
  • God the Father
  • Holy Ghost
  • Holy Spirit
gods and goddesses

Capitalize proper names of pagan and mythological gods and goddesses:

  • Neptune
  • Theo
  • Venus
godsend, godliness, godlike

Lowercase such words as godsend, godliness, godlike.


One word.

Gospel, gospel(s)

Capitalize as a noun or an adjective when it refers to any or all of the first four books of the New Testament, the message they contain, or an excerpt from them proclaimed in a religious service.


This Sunday’s Gospel…

  • …preaching the Gospel…
  • …the Gospel message…
  • …the Gospel story of the loaves and fishes…
  • Lowercase in derived uses.
  • He is a gospel singer.
  • That’s the gospel truth
grade, grader

Hyphenate in combining forms: a fourth-grade student, a 10th-grader


graduated Used as a verb in the active voice.

  • She graduated from SCU.

Not the passive voice

  • He was graduated from SCU.
The American spelling is gray. The British spelling is grey.
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