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.
AP and Chicago have very clear yet conflicting intentions, often producing diametrically opposed styles.
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.
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).
As a reader of Macworld, I am accustomed to reading sentences and headlines that start with iPhone or iPad—with the lowercase initial letter intact. Though some may consider this a defilement, capitalizing the first word of a sentence, in certain cases, is negotiable.
Since breaking news of the 17th edition, out in September, The University of Chicago Press has revealed some major revisions to The Chicago Manual of Style.