Posted on 09/03/2019 at 11:04 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek
Since we left journalism, it seems like each update to AP style has been a microphone-dropping one.
Or, as we can now say, a microphone dropping one — if you think that reads clearly and unambiguously.
As the AP tweeted last week:
We updated our hyphen guidance this year to say no hyphen is needed in a compound modifier if the modifier is commonly recognized as one phrase, and if the meaning is clear and unambiguous without the hyphen.— AP Stylebook (@APStylebook) August 28, 2019
One example is first quarter touchdown. pic.twitter.com/8AJc0zCwJm
The Digital Reader, who called this to our attention, is arguing in favor of the update, calling it a pragmatic rule that just accepts normal usage and reduces drama.
We’re open to hearing your objections, however, mostly since we don’t have skin in this game anymore!
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