‘More Than’ Disappointed: Rant of AP Style Changes

associated press stylebookThe Associated Press Stylebook is basically my Bible.

Now, however, I feel as if I’m led astray.

Last week, the folks at the AP made a drastic change. I don’t use the term “drastic” loosely when I talk about style.

The AP has decided that “over” is an acceptable substitute for “more than” when talking about numbers.

I had to read about the change more than 10 times before the magnitude of such a change sunk in. (See what I did there?)

Such a concept has been a core of the AP Stylebook for decades, one that I learned as a journalism student and one that I implemented as a college newspaper editor. And it’s a rule I’ve continued to – and will continue to – use professionally (and personally – whom am I kidding?).

Sure, I may have allowed the misspelling of the word “commitment” on the front page of some 10,000 copies of The Temple News. But I swear you never saw an “over” where a “more than” should have been.

We all make mistakes.

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AP Stylebook tweets you right

My life just got a little more complete.

I previously vowed on this blog that I would not become a Twitter fiend, yet I find myself strangely addicted to the social networking site. Yet, thanks to a few certain Tweeters (such as LarryMendte, Captn_Morgan and AlexsLemonade), I’ve embraced this ridiculous Web service.

But now, the ultimate product joined Twitter — the AP Stylebook.

The AP Stylebook is the fundamental product any aspiring journalist should worship, regardless of the type of journalism (even broadcasters). Marketing manager Colleen Newvine tweets to followers who ask AP style questions. I think this might be my dream job (next to host of Wheel of Fortune, of course).

I encourage everyone to follow APStylebook and learn a thing or two. And while you’re at it, follow me, too.