AP Stylebook guide for Thanksgiving festivities

To help pros writing about November’s holiday festivities (or horrors) this year, here’s a Twitter chat focused on fall culinary terms.

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What Thanksgiving ends up meaning, to most, is a long and stressful session of food prep followed by group gorging. The event usually finishes with participants loosening their pants and settling down to watch the NFL game or take a nap.

For journalists and PR pros, Thanksgiving can be a busy work time, too. That’s why the AP Stylebook’s editors gave tips on how to correctly write about the festivities in a classic Twitter chat. Here are a few highlights:

Like great food? You aren’t a gourmand, that’s a glutton. But you might be a gourmet. #APStyleChat

— AP Stylebook (@APStylebook) November 4, 2014

It might be correct to call Uncle Ted a gourmand as you watch him practically inhale that sixth serving of mashed potatoes and gravy, but true turkey connoisseurs are gourmets.

Here’s a common error involving Thanksgiving food:

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