Guidance: How To Say 'Rio de Janeiro;' Who Is And Isn't The U.K.'s 'Head Of State' : Memmos Standards & Practices Editor Mark Memmott writes occasional notes about the issues journalists encounter and the way NPR handles them. They often expand on topics covered in the Ethics Handbook.
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Guidance: How To Say 'Rio de Janeiro;' Who Is And Isn't The U.K.'s 'Head Of State'

It's Not "Day:"

Do say "REE-oh dee zhah-NEH-roh." Don't say "REE-oh day zhah-NEH-roh."

It's Not David Cameron:

Queen Elizabeth II is the U.K.'s head of state.

The prime minister is the head of government.

That means, for example, that the prime minister meets with "other leaders," not "other heads of state."