April 14 2012

Time for a dialogue

by Barbie in Grammar, Spelling

We’ve noticed writers confusing “dialogue” and “dialog” in a few projects lately. Understand the differences:

Dialogue: A written composition, a conversation, or an exchange of ideas

  • The professor welcomed the dialogue with his students.

Dialog: A shortened form of a dialog box, a window on a computer screen

  • Click OK to close the dialog box.

If you’re a student writing a dissertation, you’ll probably be using dialogue. If you’re a technical writer developing a help manual, you likely will use dialog. If you aren’t sure, just check out the definitions here.