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Welcome to AP vs. Chicago: A Style Guide for Editors, Writers, and Word Nerds

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I started AP vs. Chicago to keep track of style and usage according to the popular style guides The Associated Press Stylebook and The Chicago Manual of Style.

A copy editor with 20-plus years of experience, I make it my job to keep up with changing styles and the evolution of language (or devolution, as the case may be). Even if my client doesn’t claim allegiance to any style, I will go along with the style they’ve arbitrarily created and shake out the mess of commas, hyphens, capitals, and italics to create a piece that sings with power and clarity. And for websites, advertisements, letters, and résumés, this is what makes what you’re selling shine.

The occasional snarky comment may slip out. You won’t feel a thing.

Because the publishers of AP and Chicago style both unleashed brand-new (exciting!) editions in 2010, this is a chance for me to really get to know them and share my findings with you. I do confess that I find Chicago style more charming (i.e., nerdier), but this will not affect my discussion of either. Okay, the occasional snarky comment may slip out. You won’t feel a thing.

That said, I do not promise to use a particular style on this blog or to even conform to the style I started out with. Because that makes it more fun for me. But do tell if I’ve made a typo.

Questions about style and usage are always welcome.

Questions about style and usage are always welcome. Grammar questions amuse me also. Send them all to moc.l1511567261iamg@1511567261ogaci1511567261hcsvp1511567261a1511567261. If it takes me a while to address your question, please forgive.

Thanks for dropping by.