Saturday, October 24, 2009

Fake AP Stylebook Steers You Completely Wrong — With Style

Like many proper news organizations, we at use the venerable Associated Press Stylebook as an arbiter to determine whether we write “one” or “1″ or whether it’s “Calif.” or “CA.” But the trouble with venerable is that it gets old and boring.

So we were delighted to learn of a disruptive newcomer to the writing style game. And the best part is that it’s on Twitter.

The Fake AP Stylebook (I can just see the AP lawyers falling out of their Aero chairs) tells us that we should “Precede basic statements of fact with ‘allegedly’ to avoid accusations of bias: ‘the allegedly wet water,’ ‘the allegedly poisonous poison’” — well, that rule tracks pretty good (or is it “well?”) with that other style guide.

Full story on's Epicenter Blog

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