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The Better Homes and Gardens Stylebook is a guide to the preferred style and usage for content in Better Homes & Gardens® magazine, Special Interest Media publications, and BHG.com®. For such content, please use this stylebook and the BHG Stylebook Word List as your initial references.

Additional recommended guides to grammar, punctuation, and usage include Words Into Type and The Chicago Manual of Style. The primary spelling source should be Webster’s Eleventh Collegiate Dictionary. For words not listed in Webster’s Eleventh, refer to Webster’s Third New International Dictionary (unabridged). See the Spelling section of this style guide for more information about using these dictionaries.

Sections in this style guide are arranged alphabetically, and each subject in a section contains guidelines and examples. The stylebook is updated continually. The most recent changes in each section can be found at a glance in Previous Postings, below. Guidance on the use of the suffix-ed recently was consolidated in one entry in the stylebook; see Problem Rules and Words/Suffix -ed.

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