Tuesday, March 29, 2005

AP Stylebook updates

The AP Stylebook has announced some big style changes:

U.S.: The abbreviation is acceptable as a noun or adjective for
United States. (Before, the noun had to be spelled out.)

fundraising, fundraiser One word in all cases.

best-seller Hyphenate in all uses.

National Guard Capitalize when referring to U.S. or state-level forces, or foreign forces when that is the formal name: the National Guard, the Guard, the Iowa National Guard, Iowa's National Guard, National Guard troops, the Iraqi National Guard. When referring to an individual in a National Guard unit, use National Guardsman: He is a National Guardsman. Lowercase guardsman when it stands alone. (Before, the foreign forces were lowercase.)

Fatah A secular political party and former guerrilla movement founded by Yasser Arafat that has dominated Palestinian politics since the 1960s.

Sears Holdings Corp. A 2005 merger of Kmart and Sears, Roebuck and Co. Based in Hoffman Estates, Ill.


At 9:08 PM, March 29, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

'Holding' in the last entry should read 'Holdings.'

At 12:57 AM, March 30, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, they finally fixed fund-raiser so it makes sense and people can actually remember the style for it? Amazing. Between that and teenager, I'm starting to think the AP is actually being a little progressive. Now, if only they'd allow us blog...

*waits impatiently for the new stylebooks to come out*

At 6:43 PM, March 30, 2005, Blogger Nicole said...

Like I've said elsewhere, I'd have preferred for them to make all references hyphenated. But I do appreciate the uniformity.

What do I want next? A chance for the baby-sitting entry. I look that up almost every time. (Here I will test myself: All hyphens except for "baby sitter"? That's my guess.)

At 5:22 AM, April 11, 2005, Anonymous Rey Barry said...

They ought to put the meaning of in lieu of on the front cover for a year or two. AP and local writers are messing it up worse than ever. "He was released in lieu of $20,000 bond" showed up in AP copy recently. The editor of the local daily asked, "What's wrong with that?"


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