Monday, October 11, 2004

A couple of AP changes ...

These might have slipped by because they were not listed in the "changes" entry of the latest stylebook:

DVD -- Now uses disc instead of the odd disk used previously. So it's digital video disc or digital versatile disc if you must spell it out somewhere.

Secondhand -- the one-word spelling replaces the hyphenated version for the adjective and adverb. (So no longer do we have that odd sentence: Secondhand Rose wore a watch she bought second-hand. Now she's bought it secondhand.)

And on another note ...
Some of my students outpoint that OPEC's Web site now uses Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries. AP and most other styles, of course, still drop the the, but with it on the Web (and in places like acronymfinder), it will now be interesting to see if its use becomes common.

2 Comments:

At 10/13/04, 10:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Secondhand has been one word for the adjective and adverb for a while. It was wrong in the 2003 book because of line breaks. It was correct (one word) in 2002.

 
At 10/13/04, 11:00 PM, Blogger Doug Fisher said...

Thanks for outpointing. That's what I had thought. I couldn't find my 2002 book, so checked 2001 and it had that same hyphenation problem -- and a weird one it was because both the entry and the example were hyphenated at the exact place. Hmmm, you don't suppose AP's going to do this in alternate years just to confuse folks, do you?

 

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