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The Better Homes & Gardens Stylebook is the guide to the preferred style and usage for content in Better Homes & Gardens® magazine, Meredith Premium Publishing publications, and®. For such content, please use this stylebook, including the General Word List, as your initial reference.

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: Nonsexist Writing has been converted to Inclusive Writing and resources for diversity and inclusion in writing were added to References.

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