It seems as if I’m always rifling through my reference books to check whether a compound is open, hyphenated, or solid in a particular style.read more
I’m going to focus on the difference between how The Associated Press Stylebook and The Chicago Manual of Style handle possessives for words ending in s or an s sound.read more
Misunderstood. Abused. Ignored.
No, not me. Well, maybe that, too, but I’m referring to the beleaguered slash . . .read more
Numbers take up their own planet in the style universe, so let’s explore it one mountain at a time.read more
You might be wondering why I’ve paired the em dash with the ellipsis. Doesn’t the em dash usually get grouped with the en dash and the hyphen?read more
In this quick guide to state abbreviations, I will cover the differences between AP style and Chicago style . . .read more
Remember the days when your manual typewriter didn’t have a key for the number 1, so you used a lowercase letter L instead?read more
Understandably, many editors are confused about when to capitalize the element directly following a colon. The strategy I happen to use is pretty brain-free . . .read more
You’d think that a post covering initials would be about seven words long, but, as always, Chicago has a lot to say.
Chicago: Periods, space! Except when . . . crap.read more
AP and Chicago have very clear yet conflicting intentions, often producing diametrically opposed styles.read more
Ah, the serial comma: to do or not to do. In this example, which is correct?
• I like to pet kittens, puppies and bunnies.
• I like to pet kittens, puppies, and bunnies.
As Fraulein Maria once said, “Let’s start at the very beginning, a very good place to start.” Hence, let’s start with each style guide’s official dictionaries.read more
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).read more