Style Guides Say the Darnedest Things

Apropos of nothing, I recently discovered that this advice is offered when dealing with the demonic and nefarious:

devil But capitalize Satan.
(The Associated Press Stylebook, 2011.)

I’m glad someone is thinking about these things!


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Chris holds a BA degree in history from the University of Virginia and a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Degree in writing from the University of Southern Maine (Stonecoast). He has worked extensively with professional and semi-professional writers and enthusiastic amateurs for about 20 years. He has several years experience in scientific publishing, but has also worked in information technology, insurance, health care, and education (he taught writing at the university level for a number of years). Since 2011, he's also specialized in helping small business meet their writing and editing needs on a budget.
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2 Responses to Style Guides Say the Darnedest Things

  1. Steve Gantt says:

    The “devil” they’re referring to is a generic use of the word, while “Satan” is a proper name. I don’t know why I’m writing this to you, because I know you know this; so, what am I missing?

    • You’re not missing anything, Steve. I was simply amused that someone felt this noteworthy enough to include in a style guide.
      I am, apparently, very easily amused at times.

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