Online style guide

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Gaddafi, Moamar Link to this term
gaffe Link to this term

blunder .. a gaff is a hook

galah Link to this term

bird names are lower case

Gallup poll Link to this term

also Nielsen poll

Game of Thrones Link to this term

If you get this wrong ('Games of Thrones' for instance...) you need to brush up on your popular culture.

Gandhi Link to this term
gaol Link to this term

current usage is jail, not gaol

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garret or Garrett Link to this term

If you mean a kind of attic then it's garret. The [former] federal Labor MP, ex Midnight Oil, is Peter Garrett.

gas, gases, gassed Link to this term
gauge Link to this term

to gauge someone's interest ... not *guage

gay and lesbian Link to this term

gay and lesbian people or couples—not 'gays and lesbians'

genre Link to this term

has a very specific meaning and is used in art, music and literature to indicate a style or type. Poetry and drama are genres within literature. Jazz is a genre within music. Major branches of knowledge such as science, history, philosophy or religion cannot sensibly be described as genres.

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Gerard or Gerald Link to this term

Gerard Henderson is the executive director of the Sydney Institute. Gerald Henderson is an American basketball player, so it's advisable not to muddle them up.

GHB Link to this term

party drug

ghetto, ghettos Link to this term
gigaton or gigatonne Link to this term

Metric (tonne) and imperial (ton) differ slightly in mass but seem interchangeable when applied to gigatons/tonnes (a billion tons/tonnes) in climate change discussion. The main thing is to be consistent.

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gild the lily Link to this term
gilt Link to this term

gold leaf, gold paint ... but you feel guilty

gird your loins Link to this term
globetrotter, globetrotting Link to this term

one word

gnashing of teeth Link to this term
goalposts Link to this term
gone for a Burton Link to this term

gone missing, dead

good Samaritan Link to this term
goodness Link to this term

for goodness sake (no apostrophe)

Gordian knot Link to this term

complicated problem to be cut through

gorilla Link to this term

the ape, guerilla the war

Goulburn Jail Link to this term
governance Link to this term
government Link to this term

Australian government, federal government, state government, the government, Howard government, Rudd government ... Commonwealth government

governor-general Link to this term
graffiti Link to this term

not grafitti

gramophone Link to this term
grandad, grandchild, granddaughter Link to this term
Grandma Moses Link to this term
granny Link to this term

as in 'her granny'

gravy Link to this term
Great Britain Link to this term

refers to England, Scotland and Wales. UK (United Kingdom) refers to England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

grill, grille Link to this term

grill is for cooking, grille is a grating

groundbreaking Link to this term

events can be either groundbreaking (innovative) or historic (historically significant), never 'ground making'

guilt Link to this term

is a feeling; gilt involves gold paint or gold leaf

Guinness Link to this term
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