Nearly a year ago, the Associated Press changed one of the entries in the AP Stylebook that people often pointed to as an example of its strange tics: “under way.”
It became “one word in all forms,” and a handful of editors expressed their displeasure. Before that, rules for the use of “hopefully” loosened and grammarians got upset.
Those were nothing compared to the reaction change the AP announced Thursday afternoon:
AP Style tip: New to the Stylebook: over, as well as more than, is acceptable to indicate greater numerical value. #ACES2014
— AP Stylebook (@APStylebook) March 20, 2014
The AP explained to Poynter that “over” has “become common usage.”
“We’re not dictating that people use ‘over’—only that they may use it as well as ‘more than’ to indicate greater numerical value,” said AP Stylebook Editor Darrell Christian.
Many editors and other grammar lovers simply did not buy it.
— Ryan Wood (@RyanWoodDFW) March 20, 2014
I’d rather eat glass. MT @APStylebook New to the Stylebook: over, as well as more than, is acceptable to indicate greater numerical value.
— Matt Brennan (@thefilmgoer) March 20, 2014
Because language really needs LESS precision. @APStylebook Over, as well as more than, is acceptable to indicate greater numerical value.
— Paul Queary (@PaulQueary) March 20, 2014
@APStylebook Nope. Not doing it. I respectfully disagree.
— Noe Crockett (@NoeCrockett) March 20, 2014
On Ragan.com’s Facebook page, the first two replies to a post about the change were simply, “Against.”
Weigh in, Ragan readers. Do you hate the change or are you over it? Are you more than into it?