University of Montana Style Guide

Style Guide Index:



Lady Griz Acceptable on first reference for the women's basketball team at UM. Women's basketball at UM is the only sport to use "Lady Griz." All other women's sports teams are the Griz. 

last, past Use "last" to refer to something that won't happen again or hasn't recurred: I took the last train to Seattle that night. The last time I saw Mariah was in 2003. Use "past" to refer to something that might continue: He's gone to school here the past two years.

lay See lie, lay entry.

law school On first reference: University of Montana Alexander Blewett III School of Law. On second or subsequent references: Blewett School of Law, the School of Law, the law school. 

lectures Capitalize and use quotation marks around the formal titles of lecture events. 

led Past tense of the verb "to lead."

legislative titles On first reference, use "Rep.," "Reps.," "Sen." and "Sens." before one or more names in regular text: Rep. Denny Rehberg, Sens. Max Baucus and John Tester, ASUM Sen. Jane Doe. Spell out and capitalize these titles before one or more names in direct quotations.

Spell out and lowercase "representative" and "senator" when they stand alone.

Add "state" or " U.S. " before a person's title only if necessary for clarity: U.S. Sen. Jon Tester spoke with state Sen. Jesse Laslovich.

Drop legislative titles on second reference except in direct quotations.

legislature Capitalize when preceded by a state's name or the word "state" when referring to a specific state's legislature: the Montana Legislature, state Legislature. Retain capitalization when the state's name is dropped but the reference to that state's legislature is clear: the Legislature.

less See fewer, less entry.

LGBT, LGBTQ, LGBTQIA Acceptable in all references for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, or lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning and/or queer. In quotations and the formal names of organizations and events other forms such as LGBTQIA and other variations are also acceptable with the other letters explained. "I" generally stands for intersex, and "A" can stand for asexual (a person who doesn't experience sexual attraction), ally or both. 

lie, lay "Lie" means recline and doesn't take a direct object: Right: I decided to lie down for a few hours. Wrong: He wanted to lay in the sun to get a tan. The present participle is "lying": I'm lying down. The past tense is "lay": I lay down for an hour yesterday afternoon. The past participle is "lain": I had lain down one minute before the phone rang.

"Lay" means put or place and requires a direct object: Lay the book (direct object) down here, please. The present participle is "laying": Stop laying the blame on me. The past tense is "laid": I laid the plastic sheet over the garden plot. The past participle also is "laid": He should have laid the wrench where he could find it later.

like- Use a hyphen when the word is used as a prefix meaning similar to: like-minded, like-natured. No hyphen with words that have their own meaning: likewise, likelihood.

-like No hyphen except to avoid a triple "l": shell-like.

Lommasson Center Acceptable on first reference for the Emma B. Lommasson Center.



-long Examples: daylong, hourlong, weeklong, yearlong.

lowercase The absence of capital (uppercase) letters.

Lubrecht Experimental Forest UM's 28,000 acre outdoor classroom and laboratory located 30 miles northeast of Missoula in the Blackfoot River drainage. The Montana Forest and Conservation Experiment Station of UM owns and operates 21,000 acres of the forest. The remainder is under the jurisdiction of the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation and is managed cooperatively with the experiment station.

-ly Do not use a hyphen between adverbs endingin -ly and adjectives they modify: an easily remembered rule; the badly damaged structure