Editorial Style Guide: L

lady. Do not use as a synonym for woman; do not use gentleman as a synonym for man. The term “lady” may be used appropriately in certain circumstances, but use caution because it carries different shades of meaning and connotations; it often appears gratuitous or condescending, but it can also connote elegance or propriety. If you do use lady, use the parallel construction—gentleman—for men: ladies and gentlemen. See AP Stylebook’s “lady” entry.

Latino. See the Chicano, Hispanic, Latino, Mexican American entry.

La Rue Road.

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The correct name, expanded from Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory. The complete, formal name is the Ernest Orlando Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

lecturers, lectures, lectureships. The title lecturer or adjunct lecturer should be treated as an occupational title rather than a formal title and thus always be lowercased, even before a name: nutrition lecturer Liz Applegate. The title of a lecture should, in all cases, be set in roman type within quotations. (See the “unpublished works” heading under the composition titles entry.) Lectureships, often endowed or underwritten, enable the campus to invite distinguished scholars to campus for a period of a few days to participate in seminars and to give one or more talks. Lectures can be held, presented or given: The 19th annual Shell Biochemistry Lecture will be held Thursday, April 17. The Shell Biochemistry Foundation lectureship is funded by a grant from the Shell Oil Corp. Also see the conference titles and series entries.

Life Flight. two words

Listserv. Capitalized (a trademarked name) or use list server.

literary series. See the series entry.

Long Range Development Plan. The campus’s plan for growth. (Notice no hyphen between Long and Range.)

lowercase. One word, per AP.