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Jun. 8th, 2009 03:25 pm

In this sentence, would you put quotation marks around ABC?

XYZ is sometimes referred to as ABC.
What's the rule with things like that? Using quotation marks feels right to me, but lately my gut instincts seem to be leading me astray more than they used to. I've also found some things like this, and while that's not the same situation, it makes me doubt myself.

Bonus question: are there any online style manuals you would recommend? I've been using http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/, but I don't love it. I've been asked to look over content for a website, and (sadly) I don't have a style manual handy.

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Date:June 11th, 2009 03:37 am (UTC)
I would probably put quotation marks around "ABC." Yeah, just like that. This is because I'm referring to it as a term/word and marking it as the object of the preposition (whether or not "ABC" is actually a noun), not as a part of the grammatical sentence.
Date:June 11th, 2009 03:54 am (UTC)
Same here, just like that.
Date:June 11th, 2009 04:20 am (UTC)
What they said. *points up*
Date:June 11th, 2009 01:25 pm (UTC)
the technical term for it is the "use/mention distinction".