Abbreviate the state as Wash. Never abbreviate when referring to the U.S. capital. Use state of Washington or Washington state and Washington, D.C., or District of Columbia when the context requires distinction between the state and the federal district. Also, see Capitalization, state and state names.

One word, lowercase w. A website is a location on the World Wide Web that maintains one or more pages at a specific address. Also webcam, webcast, and webmaster, but for terms with separate words, Web is uppercase: Web page and Web feed. (updated July 2010) Also, see Computer terminology.

One word as an adjective.

Use figures: The baby weighed 9 pounds, 7 ounces. She had a 9-pound, 7-ounce boy.


Western Washington
See Capitalization; directions, regions.

See clauses; essential, nonessential, that, which, and who, whom.

who, whom
Use who in referring to people and to animals with a name. It is grammatically the subject (never the object) of the sentence, clause, or phrase: John Jones is the man who helped me. Who is there? Whom is used when someone is the object of a verb or preposition: The woman to whom the room was rented left the window open. Whom do you wish to see? Also, see clauses; essential, nonessential and that, which.

For wireless networking standards. Also, see Computer terminology.


World Wide Web
Or the Web. A service, or set of standards, that enables the publishing of multimedia documents on the Internet. The Web is not the same as the Internet, but is a subset; other applications, such as e-mail, exist on the Internet. Also, see Computer terminology and Internet.