‘The new stylebook’s here!’

October 3, 2011

I jumped up and down, and shouted, “The new stylebook’s here! The new stylebook’s here! … This is the kind of spontaneous publicity that makes people!”

No one heard me. My cats didn’t even bother to look up from their nap. I realized that if I’d had any sort of life back in 1979 when the movie, “The Jerk,” came out, I wouldn’t have been able to make that oblique reference to the zany Steve Martin movie in response to the snail-mail arrival of my new Associated Press Stylebook.

I guess I’m just easily amused. I am embarassed to admit that haven’t bought a new stylebook since 1994, and the new one has two new sections — one on social media and one on food.

I understand the need for a section on social media. But food? Why food? I scanned the entries in that section, learning amazing things such as the need to capitalize the “E”on “English muffin.” Now that’s some serious AP Stylebook trivia. Did you know that “corn dog” is two words? Or that “potpie” is one? And … wait for the drumroll … there is even an AP Recipe Style.

Has food writing expanded exponentially since last I perused a copy of Southern Living? Guess so.

That’s just great. One more thing  to be behind the curve on. I’m finding it difficult to keep up with what the young folks are up to these days.


3 Responses to “‘The new stylebook’s here!’”

  1. Dale Short Says:

    Hooray! I’ve got to check out the new Style Book…


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