Monday, May 03, 2004

Tomorrow's trends today?

In May's Common Sense Journalism, Doug Fisher tackles some of the rules that may be on the way out. In fact, I think you'll find that many copy desks have already adopted a lot of these changes.

How would you feel about loosening up on:
Another, which AP says should only be used for like amounts. If you have 10 soldiers, you can have another 10. But you can't have another nine or another 11.
None, which many people say means "not one." Many more say it can be singular or plural.
Percent, which AP says must be repeated in the phrase 5 percent to 6 percent. In "Elephants of Style," Bill Walsh says this can often be overkill. I'd agree.
Like vs. such as, which is going out the window on several copy desks.
Over, which AP likes to reserve for "spatial" relationships.
Web site, which Fisher says looks weird next to webcam and webmaster, no matter that "site" isn't a suffix.


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