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naive, naivety Link to this term
names Link to this term
names of animals, birds etc Link to this term

green tree frog, cane toad, kookaburra—all lower case. But German shepherd, French poodle.

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nanotechnology Link to this term

nanosecond, nanotube—all one word, no hyphen

naught, nought Link to this term

naught means nothing, nought is the numeral zero

naval Link to this term

a naval officer

near east, far east Link to this term

but Middle East

necessary, necessarily, necessity Link to this term
nemesis Link to this term

agent of retribution

nerve-racking Link to this term

racked with pain, rack and ruin, rack your brains... wrack is seaweed

Netherlands, the Link to this term

'the' is part of the name and can't be dropped, but it can be lower case, unlike The Hague, where it must always be capitalised.

neuron Link to this term

we use the internationally adopted spelling 'neuron' to describe nerve cells, not the British spelling 'neurone', although in Motor Neurone Disease the British spelling has become more common, so complete consistency is impossible.

nevertheless Link to this term

but none the less

newspapers Link to this term

The Age, not 'The Age newspaper'. In passing reference drop the definite article: '...was reported in today's Age and Sydney Morning Herald.'

Ngaanyatjarra Link to this term

Aboriginal group of the Australian Western Desert

nicknames Link to this term

are capitalised .. the Iron Lady, Alexander the Great

niece Link to this term
Nielsen, AC Link to this term

the pollsters

Nietzsche, Nietzschean Link to this term

surprising how often this crops up on our site...

Nobel prize Link to this term

Nobel peace prize, Nobel prize for literature, and so on

none the less Link to this term

but nevertheless

none the wiser Link to this term

'I was none the wiser' (or little the wiser), meaning I was still confused. But drop the article in the positive version: 'I was a little wiser', not 'I was a little the wiser'

Noongar Link to this term

largest Indigenous population in Western Australia

novel, novelist Link to this term
numbers Link to this term

In body copy spell out numbers from one to ten, then use numerals. Spell out all numbers at start of sentence (Forty-eight people were injured...) In headings, though, numerals are fine for everything. For thousands and millions upwards: 3,000, 500,000, 2 million, 8 billion... abbreviate in headings to 2b, 8m with discretion.

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