A Memorial Day reminder
Many of us will be writing stories today mentioning "taps," those haunting 24 notes.
A reminder that under AP, New York Times, Webster's New World College and many other style guides and dictionaries, the term is lowercased with no quotation marks.
And as a bugle call, it is more correctly "sounded" than "played."
So the correct use: A bugler sounded taps at his burial.
I was reminded of this by the misuse on the Web by NPR's "Performance Today," which otherwise has an excellent story on the bugle call and its history, along with a discussion with Army Sgt. Maj. Woody English about taps and its history. (audio)