Last week, Abbie wrote a blog post about the new AP style updates, which were released on May 31st. While there are some interesting new additions such as the use of esports, fake news, cyberattack and singular they, there are many rules that I am happy to say are in still in play.
They are as follows (and based on previous blog posts I have written):
My first annual blog –about the use of first annual. According to the Associated Press (AP) Stylebook: "an event cannot be described as annual until it has been held in at least two successive years."
What does this mean? When you are holding an event it is not a first annual or second annual.
Instead you can use:
Is it all about the title? –about the use of titles with names. Summarized from the Associated Press (AP) Stylebook: "capitalize titles when they precede an individual’s name and if it falls after, the title should be lowercase.”
Some of the major rules include:
Correct: 2 p.m.
Incorrect: 2:00 p.m. (do not use :00 after a number that does not have minutes)
Incorrect: 2 P.M. (do not capitalize)
Incorrect: 2p.m. (add a space between the number and a.m. or p.m.)
Incorrect: 2pm (add a space between the number and a.m. or p.m. and periods are needed)
Incorrect 2:00p.m. (spacing error and do not use :00 after a number that does not have minutes)
Correct: 2-5 p.m.
Incorrect: 2 p.m.- 5 p.m. (when both times are a.m. or p.m. only use indicator one time)
Correct: noon and midnight
Incorrect: 12:00 p.m. and 12:00 a.m.
Incorrect: 12 p.m.
Incorrect: 12 noon
What other AP style rules do you think should never change?