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saccharin (noun), saccharine (adjective) 
Generally avoid the sense "dismiss" except in headlines (and never, there, use vulgarisms such as axed or fired.)
Saddam Hussein 
Saddam after first mention, full name Saddam Hussein Abd al-Majid al-Tikriti.
Adding 'desert' after is a pleonasm.
Prefer the construction 'the subject said quote' to 'quote said the subject'. It's not a rule, but it provides the reader with context for the quote before being distracted by the content of the quote.
Saint-Saëns, Camille 
saké vs sake 
The Japanese term sake (酒) or o-sake (お酒) actually refers to any alcohol, while the beverage referred to in English is the Japanese rice wine called Nihonshu (日本酒), meaning "Japanese sake". (It isn't really a wine, either, but instead fermented more similarly to beer.)
It is common to use an acute accent to differentiate the Japanese term from the English word sake, but this introduces an inaccuracy compared with the Romaji spelling. Therefore prefer to italicize sake as with any foreign language word used in an English context.
A citizen of El Salvador, not Salvadorian or Salvadorean.
The capital of Yemen, صنعاء, also romanized to Sana'a, Ṣan‘ā’, but the simpler form is preferred.
Not sanitorium, sanitarium.
sandpit, sandbox 
The first is UK English, the second is US English, for the child's play space. The first, in US English, is a pit mine for extracting fine aggregate.
Initialism for the viral respiratory illness severe acute respiratory syndrome (lowercase), Sars on second mention and in headlines.
Simple past tense and past participle of to sit. Do not use the construction "was sat"; instead use "was seated" or "was sitting".
Denmark, Norway, and Sweden collectively. Also, the countries of the Scandinavian Peninsula: Norway, Sweden, and Finland. Cf. nordic countries
scientific names 
For the Latin terms, initial cap the first word, lower case for the second (and subsequent if included). Italicise all except the most commonly known, eg Homo sapien, but Rattus rattus.
Scilly, Isles of 
Never Scilly Isles.
This is an exception to the i before e mnemonic.
The semicolon is a compromise between a period (too much) and a comma (not enough). It is used to join two or more clauses which might be complete sentences yet which can be usefully merged into a complex sentence. It is less-commonly used to separate elements of a list of three or more elements which follow a colon, and are clarified by the use of semicolons as opposed to commas.
Example from Economist.com: They agreed on only three points: the ceasefire should be immediate; it should be internationally supervised, preferably by the AU; and a peace conference should be held, either in Geneva or in Ouagadougou.
Abbreviate to Sr, not Sen or Snr.
Noun. Serbian, adjective. Serbs overthrew the Serbian President.
short words 
Use them. Prefer brief, common words over exotic, multi-syllabic jargon and overly-precise terms.
- about vs. approximately
- after vs. following
- but vs. however
- enough vs. sufficient
- let vs. permit
- make vs. manufacture
- plant vs. facility or factory
- set up vs. establish
- show vs. demonstrate
- take part vs. participate
- use vs. utilize
and so on...
Simplify where possible.
Use no slang except in direct quotes. Some slang has become standardized; if you are aware it may be slang, it is slang. eg mob is actually slang, from mobile vulgus, but has become standardized and its original source nearly forgotten. A converse example is bike, which we all know is slang for bicycle, but at some point in the future may very well be completely standardized, its source relegated to antiquated status.
Do not use as an intensifier, eg so good.
Social titles 
Honorifics or Titles of address, are those titles which prefix an individual's name in social address or correspondence. The most common of these in English-speaking regions are Mr, Mrs, Ms, Miss. An individual's preference is always preferred, just as with gendered pronouns (SG).
Formal journalism prefers to maintain a formal tone in writing, and always refer to individuals on first introduction using the full name, second and further mentions use the honorific and surname. e.g. "Joseph Estrada, ousted President of the Philippines, lost a second bid for the office. Mr Estrada..."
sort of 
Do not use as a substitute for rather before an adjective, or for something like before a noun. Restrict use to its literal sense: pea gravel is a specific sort of gravel consisting of small, rounded pebbles with very little or no sand or fine material.
Do not use merely as a substitute for say or remark. Restrict use to the sense of express fully or clearly, as, "He refused to state his objections."
student body 
Awkward construction which nearly always means "students." Use "students."
Do not use.
Not swop. Use only for approximately equal exchanges, or the jargon use of exchanging cashflow streams. Never use for organ transplants.
swath, swaths 
A track cut by a mowing scythe, and by extension any broad sweep or expanse. Differs from swathe.
swathe, swathes 
A bandage, or band. Differs from swath.
swat, swatting 
To strike, rather different from swotting.
sweet pea 
Two words, no hyphen, except when referring to Popeye's adopted daughter Swee'Pea.
swot, swotting 
To study determinedly, rather different from swatting
The musical instrument is always spelt this way; synthesize and synthesise are otherwise regional variants.