AP style updates
For the record, some recent AP style updates that should appear in the new stylebook (presented here in no particular order):
- airstrike: one word, not two.
- day care: two words in all uses, including adjective (a deviance from Webster's).
- female: the preferred adjective form over "woman."
- carry-on (was this ever a question?).
- farmers market: addressing that nagging question of whether it gets an apostrophe (and corresponding to how the folks at USDA do it.
- GPS - now acceptable in all uses for Global Positioning System - more evidence of how quickly such shortened references make it into the language these days.
- intefadeh: if you were checking your spelling of the Palestenian uprising against Israel.
- Cuban missile crisis (I guess so you don't capitalize all of it).
- N-word (and F-word, etc., in case you were concerned about the capitalization and punctuation).
- Merger: A good, lengthy entry that begins thus: Few business combinations are truly a merger of equals, so be precise and sparing in the use of the word merger. It is not a synonym for acquisition or takeover, which should be the preferred descriptive in most stories. It goes on to provide a good set of tests to see if something meets the merger idea.
AP also adds details on two Islamic holy days, Eid al-Adha and Eid al-Fitr, to go with the previous entry on Ramadan.