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verbal, oral

See Troublesome pairs.


Avoid use of the abbreviation vs., especially in running copy.

videocassette, videoconferencing, videotape, …

… are one word each, but video recorder is two!


A viewbook is a publication/sales tool (usually in print, and usually flashy) that educational admissions offices sometimes provide (although decreasingly so) as a first response to prospective students’ inquiries about an institution. Note that it’s one word.


Note the accent grave over the a.

Visa card

Compare to MasterCard.

Visiting Committee

Capitalize both words.

voice mail

Voice mail (two words, just as electronic mail was when it was coined) refers to both the system and the individual messages left on that system. If you must shorten voice mail to v-mail, use the hyphen.

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