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Style Guide

Editorial Standards

Alphabetical Entries: M

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magazine names Per AP, lowercase the word "magazine" unless it is part of the formal title: Harper's Magazine, Newsweek magazine. Do not quote or italicize magazines. If in doubt, check the magazine's masthead. See the BOOKS AND PERIODICALS heading under the composition titles entry.

maiden names See the INDIVIDUALS heading under the names entry.

majors See the academic majors entry.

man, mankind While either may be used when both men and women are involved, use only when no other term is convenient. Frequently, the best choice is a substitute such as humanity, a person or an individual. Do not use duplicate phrases such as a man or a woman or mankind and womankind. See the gender neutrality and stereotypes entries. Avoid using when referring to men and women (an exception to the AP Stylebook).

medieval See historical periods entry.

Mexican American See the Chicano, Hispanic, Latino, Mexican American entry.

Mid-Hudson

midnight See time entry.

Moslem/Muslim The term to describe followers of Islam. The preferred spelling is now Muslim, per AP.

mottoes See the signs and notices entry.

musical compositions See the composition titles entry.