AP removes distinction between 'over' and 'more than'

Poynter's Vicki Krueger shares some news from the American Copy Editors Society conference that will rock copy editors to their very cores: AP Stylebook editors said at a session Thursday that "Over" is fine when referring to a quantity; you don't have to change it to "more than."

The news elicited a gasp, Krueger reports.

Here's the explanation from AP Stylebook Editor Darrell Christian, via Erin Madigan White, AP senior media relations manager:

“We decided on the change because it has become common usage. We’re not dictating that people use ‘over’ – only that they may use it as well as ‘more than’ to indicate greater numerical value.”

Last year AP changed style on underway, a move that caused what's sure to be minor dismay in comparison.

In April of 2012, they loosened up on the use of "hopefully."

Related: 'More than my dead body!' Journalists react to AP's over/more than change

  • 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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