Posted by: episystechpubs | June 11, 2015

Editor’s Corner: Versus

Dear Editrix,

Sometimes I see the word versus written out and other times I see it abbreviated as vs. or v. What gives?


Joe Versus the Volcano

Dear Joe,

Here are some interesting tidbits about the word versus:

· Versus (Latin) is a preposition meaning against.

· Though versus is a preposition, we capitalize it in titles because it is longer than five characters.

· According to the Chicago Manual of Style, the names of legal cases should be italicized and you should use the single-letter abbreviation of versus (v.). For example:

o Kramer v. Kramer

o Miranda v. Arizona

· When writing and using versus in normal prose, it is usually spelled out; if you abbreviate it, use the longer abbreviation (vs.).



Kara Church

Technical Editor, Advisory

619-542-6773 | Ext: 766773

Symitar Documentation Services

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