In the News: Getting Over AP Stylebook Changes
Yesterday, at the American Copy Editors Society’s annual conference, AP Stylebook’s David Minhorn and Darrell Christian revealed some of the latest changes in AP style. Although they said they didn’t have any bombs to drop, one went off anyway.
Over is now “acceptable in all uses to indicate greater numerical value.” More than can still be used to mean the same, but that didn’t stop some attendees from tweeting items like:
@violindan: Over a few people are upset.
@MikeShor: More than my dead body!
Despite the reaction, over has long meant “more than,” and some editors recognized that:
@nickjungman: “Over” has pretty much always meant “more than,” everyone. Chill. Out. #ACES2014
By extension, under can be used to mean “less than.”
It’s worth remembering that these are style choices. You don’t have to use over to mean “more than” in your own copy; just stay the red pen when your authors do.
Other changes announced:
- It’s now Wal-Mart in all instances.
- Bitcoin is lowercased in all instances.
- LGBT is acceptable on first reference but should be spelled out in the body of story.
- HPV is acceptable on first reference.
Terms added to the stylebook include polar vortex, selfie, and Snapchat.
These changes and more are reflected now on APStylebook.com and will be reflected in the 2014 print edition, due out this spring.