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Style Guide

The following style standards are intended to help WSDOT writers and editors present information in a clear and consistent manner. These standards apply to a wide variety of documents, ranging from press releases to technical reports. This guide is not comprehensive, rather it includes style standards that are specific to WSDOT or that address the most common writing errors.



Topics

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z



A

abbreviations and acronyms
absolutes
accident
active voice
addresses
affect, effect



B

back up, backup
brand name
bridge
bulleted lists


C

carpool
capital, capitol
Caterpillar
cents
city
chokepoint
compose, comprise, constitute
county line


D

data
dateline
dates
de-icer, de-icing
dimension
distances
directions
drawspan


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E

easy to use, easy-to-use
effect, affect
email
email updates
ensure, insure
environmental justice communities


F

federal
feedback

flier, flyer
freeway station
front-end loader, back-end loader (n.)
fundraising, fundraiser


G

gas tax
Good To Go!

H

headlines
headings
highway names
HOV, high occupancy vehicle
host
HOT, high occupancy toll
hot line

I

impact
insure
Internet
intranet




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J

job descriptions


K

kickoff (n.) kick off (v.)


L

Legislature
login (n.), log in (v.)



M

milepost
Mount




N


newspaper names
nonprofit (n., adj.)
numbers


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O

off-ramp, on-ramp
ongoing
online
orphans
over


P

park and ride
partnering
percent
phone numbers
plain talk
project
pronouns



quotes

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R

rainstorm, rainwater
rear-end
right of way, rights of way

S

seasons
semitruck
sideswipe
significant
snowplow (n.)
snowcat (n.)
snowblower (n.)
snow event
state
state names
stormwater (n.)
storms

T

that vs. which
thing
time
time span
timeline
titles
trademark
type style

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U

underway

V

vanpool


W

Washington state
Web (n.)
website
which
who or that
who, whom
widows
windstorm
work
WSDOT

X

Y

Z


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