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Thread: Writing Someone's Height

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    No Stranger To Rejection allz28's Avatar
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    Writing Someone's Height

    What is the proper way to write someone's height using AP Style or Chicago? Or more importantly, how would you suggest writing it in a list that is being submitted to McSweeney's?


    6 foot 1

    6' 1''

    or something else?

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    Ooo! Shiny new cover! Absolute Sage Cathy C's Avatar
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    I guess my question is whether it's important to the text to show it. Is it non-fiction or fiction? In fiction, it would only be relevant to the person identifying the person and there are much more interesting ways to convey the information.

    But according to the Chicago Manual,
    Numbers & units. Generally, do not mix numbers that are spelled out with symbols, write out the term for the symbols as well. For example, write: the temperature was 45 , or forty-five degrees; $20 or twenty dollars. Chicago style makes an exception for percentages: it is OK to write 45 percent.
    So 6'1" would probably be fine in narrative. In dialogue, spell out the words because they're being spoken.
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    Cathy C is right. Use either 6' 1" or six feet one inch. Whether you use numbers of letters is largely dictated by the kind of writing you are doing.

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    No Stranger To Rejection allz28's Avatar
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    Okay, thanks for the quick responses!

    Like I mentioned, this is for a List Submission to McSweeney's. So it's not in dialogue. It's not even a story.

    I'll go with 6' 1"

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    A bit of a wallflower absitinvidia's Avatar
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    Do remember that the feet and inches symbols should be primes and not curly quotes!


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