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At about 600 pages, the AP Stylebook is widely used as a writing and editing reference in newsrooms, classrooms and corporate offices worldwide. Updated regularly since its initial publication in 1953, the AP Stylebook provides fundamental guidelines for spelling, language, punctuation, usage and journalistic style. It is the definitive resource for journalists.

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Capitalize a military rank when used as a formal title before an individual's name.On first reference, use the appropria...
06/30/2021

Capitalize a military rank when used as a formal title before an individual's name.
On first reference, use the appropriate title before the full name of a member of the military.
In subsequent references, do not continue using the title before a name. Use only the last name.

Capitalize a military rank when used as a formal title before an individual's name.
On first reference, use the appropriate title before the full name of a member of the military.
In subsequent references, do not continue using the title before a name. Use only the last name.

We don't have a new print Stylebook this year, but there's plenty that's new on AP Stylebook Online. We add and change e...
06/29/2021
AP Stylebook Online

We don't have a new print Stylebook this year, but there's plenty that's new on AP Stylebook Online. We add and change entries to keep pace with the news.
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06/24/2021

Mass is celebrated, not said. Always capitalize when referring to the ceremony, but lowercase any preceding adjectives: high Mass, low Mass, requiem Mass.

Hyphenate long distance when it's a compound modifier: a long-distance flight, long-distance runner.But no hyphen is nee...
06/23/2021

Hyphenate long distance when it's a compound modifier: a long-distance flight, long-distance runner.
But no hyphen is needed when used on its own: We traveled a long distance.

Hyphenate long distance when it's a compound modifier: a long-distance flight, long-distance runner.
But no hyphen is needed when used on its own: We traveled a long distance.

If you know just where to find what you need in your print Stylebook, but you also want the latest in AP style: When you...
06/21/2021

If you know just where to find what you need in your print Stylebook, but you also want the latest in AP style: When you buy your spiral-bound AP Stylebook on apstylebook.com, you can sign up for our update emails when Stylebook editors add or change guidance.

If you know just where to find what you need in your print Stylebook, but you also want the latest in AP style: When you buy your spiral-bound AP Stylebook on apstylebook.com, you can sign up for our update emails when Stylebook editors add or change guidance.

06/21/2021

Capitalize the first word after a colon only if it is a proper noun or the start of a complete sentence. He promised this: The company will make good all the losses. There were three considerations: expense, time and feasibility.

06/21/2021

Let us help you write about planes, trains and automobiles.
Join #APStyleChat at 2:30 p.m. EDT Tuesday to ask your questions and to get tips on travel terms.

Juneteenth is June 19, the traditional commemoration date of the emancipation of enslaved people in the United States. P...
06/18/2021
Black Americans laud Juneteenth holiday, say more work ahead

Juneteenth is June 19, the traditional commemoration date of the emancipation of enslaved people in the United States. President Joe Biden signed legislation today making it a U.S. federal holiday. The holiday also has been called Juneteenth Independence Day or Freedom Day.

President Abraham Lincoln first issued the Emancipation Proclamation declaring all slaves free in Confederate territory on Sept. 22, 1862, but the news took time to travel. June 19, 1865, is the date when word of the proclamation reached African Americans in Texas.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Black Americans rejoiced Thursday after President Joe Biden made Juneteenth a federal holiday, but some said that, while they appreciated the recognition at a time of racial reckoning in America, more is needed to change policies that disadvantage too many of their brethren.

06/17/2021

Cruise ships are sailing again, borders are opening and rental cars are in short supply.
Whether you're covering pent-up demand for travel, or just want to accurately brag about your own trip on social media, join #APStyleChat at 2:30 p.m. EDT Tuesday to talk travel style.

If you're starting to go back to the office some days, do you really want to lug a 600-page book back and forth?Subscrib...
06/17/2021
AP Stylebook Online

If you're starting to go back to the office some days, do you really want to lug a 600-page book back and forth?
Subscribe to Stylebook Online and you can log in from home or from the office.
Even from the beach. We won't tell your boss.
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We have updated our AP Stylebook Online Topical Guide on the coronavirus:Following guidance from the World Health Organi...
06/16/2021

We have updated our AP Stylebook Online Topical Guide on the coronavirus:
Following guidance from the World Health Organization, refer to specific variants by letters of the Greek alphabet as assigned by WHO and include a brief reference to where the variant was first seen.

We have updated our AP Stylebook Online Topical Guide on the coronavirus:
Following guidance from the World Health Organization, refer to specific variants by letters of the Greek alphabet as assigned by WHO and include a brief reference to where the variant was first seen.

06/14/2021

Use lowercase for the term "acting" before a title: We will ask acting Mayor Geneva Hernandez to take the lead.

06/10/2021

When "majority" is used alone, it takes singular verbs and pronouns: The majority rules.
If a plural word follows an "of" construction, use of a singular or plural verb depends on the sense: A majority of two votes isn't enough. The majority of houses on the block were destroyed.

Now in our race-related coverage entry: AAPI.The acronym is widely used within the Asian American and Pacific Islander c...
06/09/2021

Now in our race-related coverage entry: AAPI.
The acronym is widely used within the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities, but is not as well known outside of them. Spell out Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders; use AAPI only in direct quotations and explain the term.

Now in our race-related coverage entry: AAPI.
The acronym is widely used within the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities, but is not as well known outside of them. Spell out Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders; use AAPI only in direct quotations and explain the term.

06/08/2021

In AP style, R&B is acceptable in all references to the musical genre rhythm and blues.

We won't publish a new print Stylebook this year; the AP Stylebook Online, 55th Edition, is still our current book.When ...
06/08/2021

We won't publish a new print Stylebook this year; the AP Stylebook Online, 55th Edition, is still our current book.
When you buy your spiral-bound AP Stylebook on apstylebook.com, you can sign up for our update emails when Stylebook editors add or change guidance.

We won't publish a new print Stylebook this year; the AP Stylebook Online, 55th Edition, is still our current book.
When you buy your spiral-bound AP Stylebook on apstylebook.com, you can sign up for our update emails when Stylebook editors add or change guidance.

06/07/2021

No apostrophe in Achilles tendon, which connects the back of the heel to the calf muscles. But it's Achilles' heel, with an apostrophe, for a vulnerable spot.

06/03/2021

In general, use terms that can apply to any gender. Such language aims to treat people equally and is inclusive of people whose gender identity is not strictly male or female. Balance these aims with common sense and respect for the language.

We recently updated our guidance to say they may be suffered, sustained or received. Still, simpler wording is often pos...
06/02/2021

We recently updated our guidance to say they may be suffered, sustained or received.
Still, simpler wording is often possible.
For example: She was injured in the crash.
Not: She sustained injuries in the crash.

We recently updated our guidance to say they may be suffered, sustained or received.
Still, simpler wording is often possible.
For example: She was injured in the crash.
Not: She sustained injuries in the crash.

06/01/2021

Avoid the vague medical jargon "trauma" when it is possible to use more specific words like injury, wound, bruise or shock. Acceptable in medical diagnoses such as traumatic brain injury or post-traumatic stress disorder, and in references to emotional injury.

05/26/2021

Except in sports and game contexts, use illegal only to mean a violation of the law. Be especially careful in labor-management disputes, where one side often calls an action by the other side illegal. Usually it is a charge that a contract or rule, not a law, has been violated.

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05/25/2021
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05/24/2021

Rebut means to argue to the contrary: He rebutted his opponent's statement.
Refute connotes success in argument and almost always implies an editorial judgment. Instead, use deny, dispute, rebut or respond to.

05/24/2021
Associated Press Stylebook

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05/21/2021

We recently added entries on:
* Birth defects.
* Special needs, special education.
* Caregiver, caretaker.
Join #APStyleChat at 2:30 p.m. EDT Tuesday for an update on our expanding guidance on disabilities.

05/20/2021

The word "people" is preferred to "persons" in most uses: Thousands of people attended the fair. What will people say? There were 17 people in the room.
"Persons" should be used only when it is in a direct quote or part of a title as in Bureau of Missing Persons.

05/20/2021
Associated Press Stylebook

The Stylebook's editors are working on revising and expanding our guidance on disabilities.
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We recently expanded and revised our guidance around disabilities and added several new related terms, including ableism...
05/19/2021

We recently expanded and revised our guidance around disabilities and added several new related terms, including ableism.
It is discrimination or prejudice against people with disabilities; the belief that typical abilities — those of people who aren't disabled — are superior.

We recently expanded and revised our guidance around disabilities and added several new related terms, including ableism.
It is discrimination or prejudice against people with disabilities; the belief that typical abilities — those of people who aren't disabled — are superior.

05/18/2021

In phrases such as a day's pay or five years' probation, use an apostrophe with a measurement followed by a noun (a quantity of the noun). A day of pay, five years of probation.
No apostrophe when the quantity precedes an adjective: six months pregnant, three weeks overdue.

IRS is acceptable in all references for Internal Revenue Service. Capitalize Internal Revenue Service, but lowercase the...
05/17/2021
IRS will delay tax filing due date until May 17

IRS is acceptable in all references for Internal Revenue Service. Capitalize Internal Revenue Service, but lowercase the revenue service.
The IRS delayed the traditional tax filing deadline from April 15 until today.
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Americans will be getting extra time to prepare their taxes. The Internal Revenue Service says it's delaying the traditional tax filing deadline from April 15 until May 17...

05/13/2021

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention takes a singular verb, as does the CDC: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is easing indoor mask-wearing guidance for fully vaccinated people. Spell out the full name on first reference. The CDC is OK thereafter.

Catch up on what's new and updated in AP style.Ragan Communications will host a webinar June 29 featuring Stylebook edit...
05/13/2021
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Catch up on what's new and updated in AP style.
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The unemployment rate is expressed as a percentage: the proportion of the workforce that is out of work and looking for ...
05/12/2021

The unemployment rate is expressed as a percentage: the proportion of the workforce that is out of work and looking for a job, adjusted to reflect variable factors such as seasonal trends.
Our AP Stylebook Online Topical Guide on the pandemic economy: http://apne.ws/SfJ0aK5

The unemployment rate is expressed as a percentage: the proportion of the workforce that is out of work and looking for a job, adjusted to reflect variable factors such as seasonal trends.
Our AP Stylebook Online Topical Guide on the pandemic economy: http://apne.ws/SfJ0aK5

05/11/2021

The style 911 is acceptable in all references for the U.S. emergency call number: He called 911 to report a crash. No hyphen in any use: a 911 call problem. For the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, 9/11 is acceptable in all references.

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Is "freedmen's town" uppercase?
I was wondering if you could let me know how you mandate the spelling of electronic books? Is it ebook, eBook, e-book, electronic book or something else?
Experienced writer, experienced editor. Please help. I contend that you don't abbreviate The Viera Company to The Viera Co. when The Viera Company is the entity's proper name. AP55 states, "use Co. or Cos. when a business uses either word at the end of its proper name" but in this case Company is PART of the proper name and should NOT be abbreviated. Correct?
Help!! When using the word "foundation," is it capitalized on second reference when it is used as a standalone?
I am on the road without my stylebook. Is wellbeing hyphenated?
Hi there, can you confirm that adverbs ending in "-ly" are not followed by a hyphen, according to AP Style? I know that is the case for CP Style, but want to confirm that it is also the rule for AP Style. Thanks so much!
If I tag someone in a comment on social media, should I capitalize the first word after the tagged name as if it is the first word of the sentence? Or not capitalize it as if the tagged name is the first word in the sentence? I have often wondered if there is a rule for this situation. I thought you all would be a good source to ask. Thanks!
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When postconsumer is used as an adjective, is it hyphenated? EXAMPLE: This is printed with a minimum of 10 percent postconsumer waste. This is printed with 10 percent post-consumer waste. I've seen various opinions, but as an adjective, perhaps it's hyphenated?
You know how commas and periods are supposed to go inside closing quotation marks in American publications? Yeah, well, actual people don't do that anymore. I'm not sure how they can read American publications, see it done correctly over and over, and still not catch on, but they don't. Do you see any changes on the horizon for this style convention?
This may have been addressed before, but is there AP style for whether it's OK to flip selfies horizontally so that text in the image reads correctly from left to right?