CIA spies not are not only tasked with gathering intel. They are supposed to write pieces in a certain manner.
But others are interesting —
- Don’t capitalize the “w” in Vietnam war because it was “undeclared,” just like the Yom Kippur war and the Falklands war. (I had to Google both.)
- Treaties that haven’t been ratified don’t get the uppercase treatment, either. Write “Treaty of Paris” but “Kyoto treaty.”
- Casualties, surprisingly, refer to all persons injured, captured, or missing in action, as well as those killed.
Makes an author wonder if CIA writers and editors are sitting somewhere at Langley tearing apart one’s spy novels for their word usage and grammar.