Tag Archives: AP style

i.e. and e.g.: You’re not writing in Latin, so why are you using them?

i.e. and e.g.: What are they? Why do we use them? What do they mean? And why don’t we just get rid of them?

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Capitalizing the Internet (or internet): big I or little i?

In case you missed it, the big news in writing style this month was an announcement by the AP style book that… Wait, wait, wait. Hold on a minute. Let’s rethink that. The whole idea of “big news in writing … Continue reading

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More List Comma Advice

I’d planned to post something else today, but then a problematical use (or avoidance) of the list comma came streaking across my desk so I changed gears. Some time back — in one of the earliest posts on this blog … Continue reading

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Amidst, Amongst, Whilst: Please Resist Usingst Themst!

On my mind this week are a trio of words which sometimes catch my attention (rarely in positive ways): amidst, amongst, and whilst. Most sources note (with various amounts of further explanation) that these words are flowery variants of their … Continue reading

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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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