Saturday, March 19, 2011

AP: It’s now ‘email,’ ‘cellphone’ and ‘smartphone’

The editors of the Associated Press Stylebook have made some changes, effective at 3 a.m. EDT today. Since many rural newspapers are weeklies that are not AP members but like to follow its style, we pass along the changes, most of which are related to technology:

email, not e-mail. (Other “e” terms, such as e-book and e-commerce, remain unchanged.)
cellphone and smartphone are now each one word.
handheld is the noun and hand-held is the adjective.
• The big city in eastern India is Kolkata, not Calcutta, the local usage.

The changes were announced at the annual conference of the American Copy Editors Society in Phoenix. "The editors say the spiral bound version of the newest AP Stylebook will be available sometime in May," ACES reports.

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