Time to prune AP's stylebook
In April's Common Sense Journalism column, I have my yearly spring-cleaning suggestions for AP's stylebook as it prepares to issue the 2006 edition.
Among the suggestions is to get rid of most abbreviations in quotations. Then people will wonder less why we write in tongues. And, again, I say it's time to simplify the needlessly convoluted style on numbers.
And I think it's time to ditch:
- Another/an additional
- Flier/flyer (the public is telling us it sees flyer as a useful term for handbill)
- None as a singular - the public has spoken, literally
- Over vs. more than - when the editor in charge of copy desks at one of the nation's leading newspapers says this is irrelevant, it's time to listen
- Under way as two words. Time to give in to popular use.