Friday, October 23, 2009

Copyedit this! AP Style with a side of silly

Finally. A reason for learning all those tedious AP Style rules: in-jokes. If you are on, you can catch up-to-the-minute antics from the Fake AP Stylebook folks. All of it, tongue-in-cheek.

A favorite:
While it's tempting to call them "baristi" because of the Italian roots, the plural of "barista" is "journalism majors."
HEADLINE WRITERS: Avoid adding LOL and OMG gratuitously.
This is pretty good, too:
If you start a sentence with an action, place the actor immediately after or you will anger Christian Bale.
And this:
Do not use "nonprofit" as an adjective. Use "broke."
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