Appendix B: Word list

The following word list is provided as a handy reference to troublesome words. It follows the Canadian Oxford Dictionary except in references marked with an asterisk (*), which indicate exceptions to that authority.

a lot (not alot) 

acknowledgement

adviser, advising

affect (verb: to have an effect on; noun: an emotion or mood) 

artifact

behaviour

biannually, biweekly

Board of Governors, UVic Board of Governors, the board

cancelled

catalogue 

centre, centred 

cheque

colour

co-operative education, co-op (short form)

curriculum (s), curricula (pl)

defence 

effect (noun: result; verb: bring about) 

email

enrol (not enroll), enrolled, enrolling, enrolment 

ensure (to be sure of, to make sure)

grade-point average (GPA) 

grey

home page

honour, honourable, but honorary 

humour, but humorous

internet

its (possessive)

it’s (contraction of “it is”) 

labour

lay off (verb), layoff (noun) 

letter of permission

license (verb), licence (noun)

litre (abbreviation: L, for singular and plural, no period)

*Métis 

Michèle Pujol Room

offence

online 

per cent, percentage

postgraduate

post-secondary

practise (verb), practice (noun) 

program (not programme)

resumé

Ring Road (not the ring road)

Senate, UVic Senate

stationary (adjective), stationery (noun) 

theatre

vice-chancellor 

vice-president

web (but World Wide Web) 

web page

web server 

website 

well-being

work term, work term placement 

worldwide  (but  World  Wide  Web)