In March, the editors of the AP Stylebook changed a rule that may seem obscure to non-journalists: No longer would it enforce a distinction between “over” and “more than.”
The news of this change was Poynter’s most popular post of 2014, and reactions from journalists, many of whom had treasured the rule, were sometimes sad and often hilarious.
— Scott Lilwall (@scott_lilwall) March 20, 2014
— Justin Megahan (@justinrmegahan) March 20, 2014
I, for one, welcome our new AP "more than"-lords. #APStyle
— Michael Becker (@superjaberwocky) March 20, 2014
But AP’s reign of terror wasn’t more than yet (OK, I’ll stop now). The next month it issued guidance that probably had a greater effect on journalists: “Effective May 1, the AP will spell out state names in the body of stories.” No more “Calif.”! Read more