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The Better Homes & Gardens Stylebook is a guide to the preferred style and usage for content in Better Homes & Gardens® magazine, Special Interest Media publications, and®. 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, The Gregg Reference Manual, and The Chicago Manual of Style. The primary spelling source should be, which is the continually updated online version of the print 11th edition of Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary. For a second spelling reference, check 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 Recent Updates, this page. A recent stylebook change was to add names of blogs and podcasts to the list of titles we set in italic; episodes would be in quotes. Please see Titles of Works.

If you have questions about content, please email Jennifer Speer Ramundt, Special Interest Media assistant managing editor.

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