In today’s #TipforTuesday (and in following weeks) I am going to go back to the basics on AP style.
This week is all about annual.
A common mistake that I see quite often is the use of first and second 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 simply don’t say first annual or second annual.
Instead you can use:
In the past, it was just a given that an editor wouldn’t even look at something that said first or second annual. However, I heard recently that some publications are accepting of receiving and even publishing the words (gasp).
What do you think? Is it now ok to use or still a big no-no?