Tuesday, June 17, 2008

AP style - hourlong

It's one of those small but satisfying changes in the AP Stylebook -- AP finally has removed the hyphen from hourlong, making it consistent with all the other "longs" -- yearlong, weeklong, daylong.

I had a small hand in originally having all those included in the stylebook many years ago noting, when I was an AP editor, that we had lots of variation on the wire on the terms, some of which were in the book and some of which were not. It always puzzled me why AP went with the solid forms on all but "hour-long."

So, no longer need we remember that little variation -- all are one word now.



At 9/25/13, 2:51 PM, Blogger Phil Soucheray said...

Thanks for this data. Can you tell me what AP style would be when plurals are involved? (e.g. years-long or yearslong)

At 9/25/13, 5:30 PM, Blogger Doug Fisher said...

The plurals get a little mushy. I've seen it both ways, but the single word is preferred at places such as the NY Times, the Wasington Post and the AP.


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