The BuffBuzz Style Sheet

One of the strong appeals of The Gay Naturist E-former is that it reflects a broad range of experience, perspective, focus, and insight because of the diversity of its contributors. This variety helps keep the magazine fresh and relevant. In order to present all of the content in a polished and consistent style, however, the E-former staff has developed some guidelines as to spelling, capitalization, abbreviation, punctuation, and other elements of writing for which conventions may vary.

To help integrate your material with the rest of the issue, please apply the following standards. Before your next submission, be sure to check back for any updates. Thank you!

The Gay Naturist E-former — when spelled out, all four words in italics and bold

The E-former — when “abbreviated,” both words in italics and bold

City, State/Province — whether used in a sentence or in an address: Comma after the city; capitalized State/Province postal abbreviation (e.g., Austin, TX, Vancouver, BC, Sydney, NSW, or Guadalajara, JA)

Dates — In M/D/Y order and spelled out completely (September 14, 2001) or numbers only (9/14/01)

Degrees (college degrees) — use periods:  e.g., B.A., B.S., B.B.A., Ph.D.

E-mail addresses — Write them as they are.  (Special marks are no longer required as they used to be.)  If your word processing software automatically hyperlinks e-mail addresses, leave them that way.

Em dash (long dash, —) rather than 2 short dashes to separate thoughts.  No spaces between the em dash and the words on each side of it.  (E.g., “The reason he gave for not submitting his Informer article on time—I’m not making this up—was that his dog ate it!”)

List of items — put a comma after the second-to-last item in a list (before “and”)  [for example: tables, chairs, cushions, and towels.]

Cardinal numbers — Spell out in general usage up to ten, e.g., “The campground is open five months out of the year.” For 11 or more, use numerals, e.g., “There were more than 50 guys around the pool.”

Ordinal numbers — Spell out in general usage under 100, e.g., “This will be GNI’s twenty-third consecutive year of holding a summer event.” For 100 or higher or if an official name or title uses a numeric form, superscript the ordinal ending after the numeral, e.g., “23rd Annual International Gathering of Male Naturists,” “The club just signed up its 115th member,” etc.

Do not use ordinal endings with dates. Make it April 20, 2008 rather than April 20th, 2008. See “Dates” above for additional guidelines.

Possessive of name that ends in “s” — Just add an apostrophe, e.g., “James’ house” rather than “James’s house”

Spacing between sentences
 — Do not add two spaces after an ending punctuation mark; use only one space.

Time — 9:00 a.m. or 7:00 p.m. rather than 9 AM or 7 PM

Titles of shows, movies, books, publications, etc. and proper names of ships should be in italic, e.g.Desperate HousewivesGone with the WindWar and PeaceNewsweekQueen Mary 2 , etc.

Web site addresses (URL) — Write them as they are.  (Special marks are no longer required as they used to be.)  If your word processing software automatically hyperlinks these, leave them that way.  IMPORTANT:  Verify all of the links before you submit your piece.


& — Spell out “and” unless the ampersand is part of a proper noun, such as a company name (e.g., Abercrombie & Fitch).

a/k/a (“also known as”) rather than aka or a.k.a.

barbecue rather than bar-b-cue, bar-b-que, or BBQ

can not as two separate words rather than “cannot”

cock ring as two separate words rather than one.  (Don’t bother looking this one up in your Strunk & White! )

e-mail with a hyphen (not email)

Gathering vs. gathering — capitalized at all times when referring to GNI’s Gathering; lower case for all other gatherings (unless it is at the beginning of a sentence). Variations: “The Gathering” or “The GNI Gathering” (“The” is to be capitalized when preceding “Gathering.”)

Halloween — no apostrophe between e’s.

MC rather than emcee 

nonprofit as one word rather than non-profit

OK rather than O.K., ok, or okay

online | on line — one word as adjective (e.g., consult the online directory), but two words as adverb (e.g., I didn’t see you on line last night)

potluck as a single word rather than pot luck

protester rather than protestor

T-shirt — with a capital “T”

U.S. with periods as abbreviation for United States

USA without periods for United States of America

web site as two separate words; not capitalized except at the beginning of a sentence

Webmaster all one word and capitalized