April 04, 2019
/ by Rocky Parker
See the original post on Beyond Bylines.
We know journalists are busy, and it can be difficult to keep up with recent AP Stylebook changes. So we’ve done the work for you, rounding up a few of the recent significant — and just plain interesting — updates to the AP Stylebook.
According to AP Style, a boycott is an organized refusal to buy a product or service, or to deal with a merchant or group of merchants.
An embargo is a legal restriction against trade that typically prohibits goods from entering or leaving a country. Embargoes is the correct plural.
The term cyberattack is routinely overused in news stories, according to the AP Stylebook team.
Cyberattack should be used to describe an event that “causes physical damage or widespread disruption of a network with catastrophic results.”
If the computer action results in limited or short-term problems, hacking or computer intrusion should be used to describe it.
A chat on Feb. 12 provided some helpful reminders for love and relationship terminology.
STEM is acceptable on the first reference.
Write out the full phrase science, technology, engineering, and math shortly thereafter.
This was a new addition to the Stylebook Online for 2018.
Baloney is foolish or exaggerated talk.
Bologna is the sausage or lunch meat. It’s named after the city in Italy, which is spelled the same but pronounced “boh-LOAN-ya.” The Americanized pronunciation is “buh-LOAN-ee.”
Feel like diving deeper into this one? Here you go.
The following months should be abbreviated when used with a specific date: Jan., Feb., Aug., Sept., Oct., Nov. and Dec.
If the month is used alone or with a year alone, spell out the full month.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in May 2018 that states could decide for themselves whether to allow gambling on sports.
A chat with guest expert Oskar Garcia on Jan. 23 gave followers some helpful tips. Check out the full sports betting topical guide.
The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) took place during the week of Jan. 7. AP Stylebook took the time to remind followers of the differences between these two technologies.
Still confused? Me too. This video helps.
Lowercase winter solstice and summer solstice, the shortest and longest days of the year, respectively.
Seasons should also be lowercase: winter, spring, summer, and fall.
Use strait-laced when referring to confinement, like a corset or straitjacket.
Straight-laced is the correct use when describing a person who is strict or severe in their behavior and/or moral views.
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