The official Macophyte spelling guide...

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by iGary, May 20, 2005.

  1. iGary Guest

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    Mac, not MAC.
    .mac, not dot Mac or .Mac
    iMac, not IMAC or IMac or Imac.
    Power Mac, not PowerMac.
    Mac mini, not Mac MINI or Mac Mini.
    eMac. not EMac or Emac.
    AirPort Express.
    AirPort Extreme.
    iSight, not ISIGHT, ISight, Eyesight, EyeSight or eyeSight.
    iPod, not Ipod or IPOD or IPod.
    iPod photo. photo, lowercase.
    iPod mini. mini, lowercase.
    iPod shuffle. shuffle, lowercase.
    iPod U2 Special Edition.
    iBook G4. Self explanatory.
    PowerBook G4. PowerBook combined, b capitalized.
    Xserve G5.
    Xserve RAID.
    30-inch Cinema HD Display.
    23-inch Cinema HD Display.
    20-inch Cinema Display.
    PowerPC G5 Processor.
    Bluetooth, not BlueTooth.
    FireWire. Two words combined, W capitalized.
    USB.
    Kernel, not Kernal.
    RAM, not ram (it's an acronym).
    Darwin.
    Mbps - Megabits per second
    MBps - Megabytes per second (Megabits divided by 8)
    Kbps - Kilobits per second
    KBps - Kilobytes per second (Kilobits divided by 8)
    GB - Gigabytes
    MB - Megabytes (not mb--millibits don't exist)
    KB - Kilobytes
    Hz - Hertz (or cycles per second)
    pixels, not pixals
    MacBook Pro (not MACBOOK Pro, MACBook Pro)

    Don't look like a noob. Use your friendly MacRumors style guide. :D

    Add more as needed.
     
  2. ham_man macrumors 68020

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    So sad, yet so true that something like this needs to be written.... ;)
     
  3. Jaffa Cake macrumors Core

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    Well, if you're going to instruct people on their spelling... ;)
     
  4. iGary thread starter Guest

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    Edited. Just about done my morning coffee. Much more alert now.
    ;) :D
     
  5. Jaffa Cake macrumors Core

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    Just teasing. How about .Mac as well?
     
  6. iGary thread starter Guest

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    I'll add it!
     
  7. EGT macrumors 68000

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    Aren't we supposed to be intelligent enough to interpret the difference between "IPOD" and "iPod"?
     
  8. Applespider macrumors G4

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    Not Eyesight, EyeSight or eyeSight either ;)

    I don't mind .mac since that's how it appears on the logo on the homepage.
     
  9. crap freakboy macrumors 6502a

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    To be honest my grammar is so bad that getting any of those wrong is the least of my problems. If its that important to you then fair enough. MAC, mac or Mac, I'm sure the vast majority of people will know what you are talking about.
     
  10. Mr. Anderson Moderator emeritus

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    personally, I could really care less - except for the MaCrUmOrS type crap. Thankfully there isn't that much at all. If you understand what it means, it should be fine. Not that I don't appreciate it being correct - its just that you might not be a noob and misspell something by mistake. Having the guide is great, just don't be over zealous by trying to enforce it.

    D
     
  11. witness macrumors 6502

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    I personally don't agree with mobile phone text/SMS style abbreviations because I think that they are unreadable.

    But I don't think that spelling/capitals are so important so long as the reader can understand what was written.

    I do try and capitalise the correct letters in names, but I often make typing mistakes (as I'm sure others do to), but in the end does it really matter? This is a social forum, we're not writing a book.
     
  12. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Thanks iGary, it's good to get this sort of stuff official (I'd say get it down on paper but...)

    I actually didn't know about .Mac since the homepage has simply .mac and I also had no idea that Power Mac was two words, I'd always figured it was one like PowerBook.

    One question, how about the shortening of gigabyte? Is it GB or gig or both?
     
  13. jeremy.king macrumors 603

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    Personally, only the first one even remotely touches a nerve with me.

    and it's kernel, not Kernel...it is not a proper noun.
     
  14. feakbeak macrumors 6502a

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    While I agree it is nice to use the correct spelling of the product names, I don't understand those who get so livid about it. Often these people could care less if you have a grammatical error (as we all do in some of our posts) but they will flip out if someone says PowerMac instead of Power Mac. I just don't get it.

    If small errors like this keep you awake at night you may want to seek professional help, or at least pick up another hobby. :D
     
  15. Diatribe macrumors 601

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    wHaT iT iS rEaLlY nOt MaC, cUz tIs iS hOw i'D rItE iT aNd i wAs gOnNa bUy tEh MaCmInI, i hEaR iT's tEh rOxXoRs cAn sOmE1 tElL mE wHy iT dOeSnT rUn wInDoWs nOw tHaT bE tEh bOmB.
     
  16. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Pr0n not p0rn. I got busted on this recently.
     
  17. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

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    The errors bother me quite a lot but it's not so much the newbies--it's the people who have had Macs (or other computers) for 20 years and still haven't gotten things right.

    iGary, you might add these:

    Mbps - Megabits per second
    MBps - Megabytes per second (Megabits divided by 8)
    Kbps - Kilobits per second
    KBps - Kilobytes per second (Kilobits divided by 8)

    GB - Gigabytes
    MB - Megabytes (not mb--millibits don't exist)
    KB - Kilobytes
    Hz - Hertz (or cycles per second)

    pixels, not pixals
     
  18. shambolic macrumors regular

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    Even Apple isn't consistent when it comes to .Mac / .mac - in text it's usually the former, while the logo uses lower case...
     

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  19. Thom_Edwards macrumors regular

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    i always thought 'k' (1000) was lowercase, not upper. not saying "i'm right, you're wrong," or vice versa; just saying i always thought that.
     
  20. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    I think people should be at least a little understanding about things like that. Even Wiki uses two different notations (kB and KB) on the same page. And I've seen kb a lot more often than kB....
     
  21. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    neccissary to have? no. nice to have? yes

    sure this isn't something we can enforce, and i know my spelling is horrid at times (sorry dont use Safari) but it is irritating at times to see things spelled totally off base
     
  22. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

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    Even disregarding whether kilo should be K or k, kb and kB are two different things entirely.

    The capital signifies that the number is whole, not fractional.

    DL (decalitres, tens of litres), are not the same as dL (decilitres, tenths of litres), for instance.
     
  23. runninmac macrumors 65816

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    um... i suck at spelling... thanks they should make this a sticky so i can refer back to it :D
     
  24. emw macrumors G4

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    Wouldn't that be MacRumors? ;)
     
  25. skubish macrumors 68030

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    youknowyouareoldwhenyoubecomeasticklerforspelling.as
    longasthepostiseasytoneeditdoesntreallybotherme.unlikethis
    postwhichisdevoidofspacingpuntuactionandcapitalization.

    :)
     

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