Wednesday, November 02, 2005

AP Stylebook update

Here's an updated entry:
Hawaii Do not abbreviate the state name. Hawaiians are members of an ethnic goup indigenous to the Hawaiian Islands and are also called Native Hawaiians. Use Hawaii resident or islander for anyone living in the state.

The state comprises 132 islands about 2,400 miles southwest of San Francisco. Collectively, they are the Hawaiian Islands.

The largest island in land area is Hawaii. Honolulu and Pearl Harbor are on Oahu, where more than 80 percent of the state's residents live.

Honolulu stands alone in datelines. Use Hawaii after all other cities in datelines, specifying the island in the text, if needed.
So what changed?

Just the first graph. It used to say: "Do not abbreviate. Residents are Hawaiians, technically natives of Polynesian descent."

I'd never noticed how poorly the old entry was stated, but this is a good change. The stylebook now asks you to differentiate between Hawaiians the ethnic and Hawaiians the residents.


At 1:17 PM, November 03, 2005, Anonymous Michael said...

Kansas Go ahead and abbreviate the state name. Kansans are members of an American Indian tribe. Use Kansas resident, flat-stater or northern Oklahoman for anyone living in the state.

At 9:30 PM, November 03, 2005, Blogger Nicole said...


And from a "Texan" (in a good discussion of the rule at TCE):

Texas Do not abbreviate the state name. The Tejas are members of an Indian confederation indigenous to East Texas. They were also known as the Caddoan Confederation. Use Texas resident for anyone living in the state unless he or she can prove his or her Caddoan ancestry.


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