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Saturday, December 14, 2013

A US Copy Editor's Perspective: Ordinance or Ordnance?

The difference between ordinance and ordnance in spelling is one little I. As a copy editor, I am focused on single characters. So I watch for such, including missing periods, commas that should be semicolons and vice versa, etc.

The difference between ordinance and ordnance in definition is a bigger one than whether an I is there.

An ordinance is a regulation or law. See Web11 for the full definition.

However, ordnance means military goods, including weapons as well as vehicles. Again see Web11 for more details.

So if your novel concerns a US clothing manufacturer or some business corporation, you are more likely to need the first word of the two we are discussing here. Yet, should your story be like Rambo, then the second offering is probably the way to go.

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Denise Barker, Author, Blogger, Copy Editor
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