June 17, 2021
/ 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.
The latest roundup includes rules for terminology used during Pride Month as well as words to describe the royal family and individual disabilities.
If you're looking for more AP Style help, make sure to check out our previous recaps.
Make sure to check out our recent roundups of LGBTQ parenting blogs and news sites.
In an ACES chat on April 7, @APStylebook explained, “Use of the hyphen is far from standardized. It can be a matter of taste, judgment and style sense.”
Generally, hyphens should be used to improve readers’ comprehension. If it’s just adding clutter or distraction, leave it out.
AP Style calls for a space on either side of a dash when used in things like dates or times.
Use a hyphen in modifiers of three words or more, like know-it-all attitude.
Use hyphens in nearly all e- words, like e-book and e-commerce. The exceptions are email and esports.
A new topical guide focuses on terminology related to the pandemic economy. Here are a few of the reminders and rules:
You should generally write out numbers below 10 and use figures for 10 or above. Also use figures for units of measure or ages of people, animals, events, or things.
Write out numbers below 10 for units of time, like five seconds.
Spell out numbers at the beginning of a sentence. Exceptions include years or terms like 401(k).
When noting a position or rank, use the abbreviation No. and the figure. For example, the No. 2 team.
After the death of Prince Philip in April, AP Stylebook sent out a few reminders.
On May 25, a Twitter chat covered the latest guidance on individual disabilities, conditions, and disorders. Here are a few of the reminders:
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