Sunday, March 21, 2010

Fake AP Stylebook

Walmart is no longer spelled with a hyphen. Target is Target Corp. K-mart is still around, incredibly.

According to our technology writer, "Disc" refers to optical media while "disk" refers to magnetic media. NERD.

If your story reveals the perpetrator of a crime, it is polite to put a spoiler warning at the top.

The use of unnecessary quotation marks are referred to as "scare quotes" because they died... ten years ago today.

Correct spellings are: Sanford & Son, Five & Dime, ham s&wich, &y Gibb, ampers&, etc.

"Batman" may be used informally ("let's go, Batman!") and "The Batman" formally ("Mr. President, this is the Batman").

I don't know, when do YOU think it's OK to use the passive-aggressive voice, MR. SMART GUY?

Do not refer to an anonymous source as "Mr. Scaredy Pants," no matter how much of a scaredy pants he might actually be.

Dates should be formatted as MM/DD/YY except for the years 1990 through 1992, which should be denoted in 'Hammer Time.'

"Bloody Mary" on first and second mentions, "Mary" on third to avoid summoning her through the mirror.

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