Posted by: Jack Henry | August 23, 2016

Editor’s Corner: Associate or Associate’s Degree?

You may be asking yourself, what’s up with Editrix? She hasn’t been giving us her undivided, loving attention these days. We’ve been getting book quotes and articles and etymologies, but some of the questions we’ve asked haven’t been answered yet.

My dear readers, you are always in the spotlight of my mind’s eye, but you are not always at the front of the editing queue. This is our busiest time of the year, and I promise, I still have your emails and will eventually get to them.

But not today; today I’m phoning it in with an excerpt from But Can I Start a Sentence with “But”? Advice from the Chicago Manual of Style Q&A.

Question: I am agitated about the institutional inconsistency on this point and found the College Board to be of no help, so I turn to you. What is the proper treatment of an associate degree? As I have stated it, or is it “associates” or “associate’s”?

Answer: Someday someone will do something about institutional inconsistency, and then we can all retire. Meanwhile, both “associate degree” and “associate’s degree are widely used and they both seem reasonable and logical. Even if the board never decides on one or the other, you can.

Kara Church

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