Choice Style Guide: Foreign Languages

FOREIGN LANGUAGES (Chicago, ch. 11)

Foreign words in common English usage: Consult Merriam-Webster for foreign words or expressions. Many are now well established in English usage and thus do not require italics. Follow MW in applying accent marks or not. For example:



déjà vu

naiveté

vis-à-vis

catalogue raisonné (sing.)

catalogues raisonnés (pl.)

cinema verité

émigré

laissez-faire

né (masc.)

née (fem.)

protégé (masc.)

protégée (fem.)

resumé

jihad

intifada

burka



Apply italics to foreign terms not found in Webster's.

Particles: Practice varies regarding particles in names of persons in English-speaking countries. When in doubt, consult Webster’s New Biographical Dictionary or other competent authority. If a particle is lowercase, do not capitalize it even when the first name is dropped:

The author relies on Paul de Man’s literary theories.

The author relies on de Man’s literary theories.

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