Y

Yahoo - (the company) and not "Yahoo!" - ie we drop the exclamation mark...

Yahoo

(the company) and not "Yahoo!" - ie we drop the exclamation mark.

Yangtze

is our preferred spelling for the Chinese river.

years

When writing about tax or financial years or football seasons etc, our preferred style is 2010-11.

With schools, we refer to Year 4, Year 7 etc.

Yellow Jersey

(in cycling) ie initial caps.

Yemen

and not "The Yemen".

yoghurt (updated April 2017)

most shops these days might sell "yogurt" but we should use the version with an "h".

young offenders institution

is our preferred description. Lower case unless used with the name, as in Hollesley Bay Young Offenders Institution. No apostrophe and institution rather than institute.

Yugoslav

and not "Yugoslavian".

Yugoslavia

This federation of six socialist republics disintegrated during the Balkan wars of the 1990s. It was made up of Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia. (Kosovo declared itself independent of Serbia in 2008, but its secession is rejected by Serbia.) Historical references should be to the former Yugoslavia.

 

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