I've also posted blog items about the recent changes:
- Revised entries for Islamist, numerals, underway | Associated Press Stylebook (Islamist, in particular)
- New entry on 'illegal immigration' | Associated Press Stylebook
- Entry on 'mental illness' added to Associated Press Stylebook
- New entry to the AP Stylebook: husband, wife.
While the Stylebook dictates the proper placement of a hyphen, it also influences how the media speaks about large groups of people, from those with mental illness to people who enter a country illegally.Quoting AP Deputy Standards Editor David Minthorn:
We want to avoid labels for people. Often it takes more words to describe an action […] but it’s more precise.Dyer's article is featured today, April 16, in my daily online paper, Garbl's Style: Write Choices, available at the Editorial Style tab above and by free email subscription.