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Washington, D.C.

Place commas before and after D.C. (note the periods).

They went to Washington, D.C., to see a play.

Waterborne

One word, no hyphen.

Week, days of the

Never abbreviate the names of the days in copy. Always capitalize days of the week.

They left on Thursday.

Well-being

One word, with hyphen.

Who, whom

Use who for subjective case and whom for objective case. The following is a three-step rule of thumb for deciding whether to use who or whom:

1. Look only at the words that follow who or whom in the sentence.
2. Plug the gap in meaning with he or him, whichever makes sense.
3. Substitute who for he and whom for him.

Whom did you fire? ["Did you fire him?" (him = whom)]
The mayor, who reporters implied was dishonest, was silent. ["Reporters implied he was dishonest." (he = who)]

-wide (suffix)

The suffix -wide is hyphenated only after a lengthy base word.

university-wide
campuswide
statewide
worldwide
schoolwide (or, in the case of the Bloomberg School, Schoolwide)

Wolfe Street Building

For interdepartmental addresses, our Wolfe Street building is not designated Hygiene; it is known as Wolfe St. Bldg.

Wolfe St. Bldg., W1600

World Wide Web

Web is capitalized in the Web and the World Wide Web. But: webcast, website, web page and webmaster are not capitalized (and are spelled as one word).

Worms

See helminths.

As a rule, we spell the following as one word, without spaces:

hookworm
pinworm
tapeworm
whipworm




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