AP: Lowercase 'bitcoin'

AP issued an update to its stylebook Monday, including its much bruited change to "more than/over." The whole update has some interesting stuff, including a ruling on something that's vexed me before:

bitcoin

A digital currency created and exchanged independent of banks or governments. The currency can be converted into cash when deposited into accounts at prices set in online trading. Lowercase in all uses.

Earlier, AP said to capitalize "bitcoin" as "a concept."



Other stuff: "LGBT" is acceptable on first reference, "selfie" is now in the Stylebook, and you conjugate "dis" thusly:

dis, dissing, dissed

And here's the "more than/over" guidance:

more than, over

Acceptable in all uses to indicate greater numerical value. Salaries went up more than $20 a week. Salaries went up over $20 a week.

  • Andrew Beaujon

    Andrew Beaujon reported on the media for Poynter from 2012 to 2015. He was previously arts editor at TBD.com and managing editor of Washington City Paper. He's the author of the 2006 book "Body Piercing Saved My Life," about Christian rock and evangelical Christian culture.

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