Welcome to AP vs. Chicago: A Style Guide for Editors, Writers, and Word Nerds
by Karen Yin
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.
Misunderstood. Abused. Ignored.
No, not me. Well, maybe that, too, but I’m referring to the beleaguered slash . . .
Numbers take up their own planet in the style universe, so let’s explore it one mountain at a time.
As a student of the humanities, I worked with Modern Language Association (MLA) style long before I became aware of the other styles. So it’s big news to me and generations of scholars that the eighth edition of the MLA Handbook, published in April, breaks from a rule-based format to one that focuses on the principles for crafting useful citations.
Were you delighted by the ruling on Internet by The Associated Press Stylebook? Effective June 1, 2016, Internet became internet, no longer capitalized. Though many reacted with trepidation, others have desired this change for the last decade or so.