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Link of the Day – Associated Press Stylebook

One of the best sources for information about writing — word usage, punctuation, etc. — is the AP Stylebook. It’s available as a printed book or as an online guide. The Web site also has quite a few FAQs, including these:

How do you reference hours in this situation: “It was going to be 2-4 hours” or “It was going to be two to four hours”? – from Portland, OR on Mon, May 01, 2006

AP spells out numbers under 10 (unless referring to clock time).

Hi, What is the proper way to refer to .coms, as in this quote: “There are a lot of shaky .coms out there.” Thanks – from KC, MO on Fri, Apr 28, 2006C. Butler:

AP would spell it out: dot-coms (hyphenated).

Hello.I am in a news editing class at SUNY Cortland and a couple of questions arose that we could not find in the AP Stylebook. The word “Guided-Missile Cruiser”. Is there supposed to be a hyphen between the words “guided” and “missile”. and also in the sentance “He signed his name every 2 seconds” is the number 2 supposed to be spelled out even in this instance? Thank you and I look forward to hearing back from you. – on Wed, Sep 12, 2007Nick Martinson:

Thanks for your interest in AP style. We would not use a hyphen in “guided missile cruiser.” And we would spell out “two seconds” in the sentence you cite. Norm Goldstein/AP Stylebook editor

When two words are hyphenated and the first word is capitalized, is the second word capitalized also. For example, should it be: Long-awaited or Long-Awaited Thanks – on Fri, Mar 31, 2006Carole Gillham:

Thanks for your interest in AP style. No, generally the second part of the hyphenated compound is lowercase. Norm Goldstein/AP Stylebook editor

Hello, Joe Carberry here with Paddler magazine. We couldn’t find website. Is website Web Site, Web site, Website or website….thanks
– on Tue, Jun 27, 2006Joe:

Thanks for your interest in AP style. AP uses Web site (two words).

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