What's new in the 2016 edition

Changes in the 2016 Stylebook include:


In this edition of the AP Stylebook

This edition of the Stylebook contains over 240 new and modified entries.

One of the main changes is internet. We now spell it lowercase, reflecting a growing trend and a change by our official dictionary, Webster's New World College. We have also made web lowercase in all instances, and webpage and webfeed one word.

We have added an entry for mistress, narrowing our definition of the word. There is a new entry for prostitute, advising against terms such as child, underage or teenage prostitute in most situations.

The new edition adds an entry titled accident/crash. It states that when negligence is claimed or proven in a collision or wreck, it's best to avoid accident and use such alternatives as crash or collision. We have made voicemail one word.

Among the many other new or modified entries, we have updated the global warming section. Also in the science area, there is a new entry defining exponential growth. We have added a new entry on the science and practice of data journalism.

In fashion, several terms including Gibson Girl and zoot suit will henceforth appear only in the online edition of the Stylebook. They have given up their space in the paper Stylebook to such additions as Tommy Hilfiger, Betsey Johnson, Uniqlo and normcore.

Dozens of new entries in the food section include medjool dates, kombucha, shawarma, mezcal, microgreens and horchata. We now prefer chickpea to Garbanzo bean, and have added Japanese whisky to those spelled whisky rather than whiskey.

We have addressed several questions of usage with new guidance on claim and the use of media as a singular noun. We have stated that cross-dresser should be used in place of transvestite.

We say spree should be used only for splurges on shopping and entertainment, rather than for such tragedies as mass shootings. We now allow spokesperson when the person involved prefers that term. Other new entries point out the difference between jerry-built and jury-rigged and note the need to take care with notorious and notoriety.

We no longer use a hyphen when referring to the strength of earthquakes (a 3.5 magnitude quake). We clarified the forms for such terms as happy holidays, merry Christmas and season's greetings. We formalized L as the spelling for Chicago's mass transit system.

Changes in the religion section include a revised entry on the Seventh-day Adventist Church and new entries on canonization and encyclical.

Sports changes include a caution against the use of untracked (we prefer terms like back on track); approval for using IAAF on first reference; the addition of nickel back to football terms; the hyphenation of short-course swimming; and terminology for early-round basketball games in the NCAA Tournament.

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