Hyphens, PB&J and more: A back-to-school AP style guide

The Stylebook recently updated its entry about apostrophes used with singular common nouns, and it shares guidance on several more terms used in copy about academia.

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It’s back-to-school time again.

Whether you’re writing about classes that are already in session or finishing a guest post about academic preparation, AP Stylebook’s recent guidance and updated entries can help your copy make the dean’s list (note the lowercase).

Sharpen your No. 2 pencils for a survey course in AP style rules:

1. To hyphenate—or not to hyphenate?

It can be confusing to know whether you should hyphenate a term, write it as one word or break it up into two.

A student “dropout” (n.) is one word, but if you’re planning to “drop out” (v.) of your university, it’s two.

AP Stylebook has guidance for several other back-to-school terms:

Schoolboy, schoolgirl and schoolwork: one word for each. School year, school day: two words. Back-to-school tips: https://t.co/zRUWfeYz0M

— AP Stylebook (@APStylebook) August 23, 2017

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