Hurricane season began June 1 in the Atlantic and lasts through November. Some points to remember, courtesy of the AP Stylebook:
- Capitalize hurricane when it’s part of a name – e.g., Hurricane Emily.
- Hurricanes don’t have sexes, no matter what the name. They should be referred to as it, not he or she.
- Capitalize category and use a numeral when you give a hurricane’s strength – e.g., Category 5.
- Avoid bad and sexist puns when using hurricane names. AP’s hurricane entry in the stylebook is worth quoting in full: “And do not use the presence of a woman’s name as an excuse to attribute sexist images of women’s behavior to a storm. Avoid, for example, such sentences as: The fickle Hazel teased the Louisiana coast.”
I failed to include two events in last week's June holiday roundup:
- Bloomsday is June 16. This is a holiday that celebrates the hero of James Joyce's "Ulysses." It originated in Joyce's homeland of Ireland, but it now is celebrated around the world.
- Juneteenth is June 19. This event commemorates the day when the last slaves in the U.S. were finally told they had been freed