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Why does the AP lowercase NFL draft and NBA draft when both the NFL and NBA upper case it. Their style is NFL Draft, NBA Draft. 

from Tulsa, OK on Jun 23, 2017
Seems like every professional sport wants to capitalize its player selections for promotional value. So, cap one, cap them all? Or just some? I've asked  AP sports editors for guidance. It's still being mulled.

When writing a business address (NOT including on something being mailed) is it OK to have the suite number on the second line with city, state and zip when pressed for space?
1234 Clark Street
Suite 100, Anytown, GA 30115

from Print Ad, Collateral Material on Jun 23, 2017
More logically, the suite number would be on the same line as the street address: 1234 Clark St., Suite 100

Coworker vs. co-worker, which is better?

from Michigan on Jun 23, 2017
The Stylebook's co- entry uses the co-worker spelling.

In the phrase "love makes the world go round," which is the best way to use "round": would an apostrophe precede 'round in this case or is it okay without?

from carrollton, TX on Jun 23, 2017
The dictionary definition of round includes causing something to move in a circular motion.  So it's round without an apostrophe.

Should there be a comma after "Today" at the beginning of a sentence? "Today, the office released an update..."

from on Jun 23, 2017
A comma isn't essential for a short introductory phrase. 

What is the rule of capitalizing words in a title? 

For example, would "from" be capitalized in "No Jumping from Waterfall or Rocks"?

from Orlando, FL on Jun 22, 2017
Rather than a title, your formulation reads like a directive for a sign or a declaration: No jumping from waterfall or rocks

Is it pre-owned or preowned? Webster's specifies pre-owned, but an old Ask the Editor entry specifies preowned. 

from Mountain View, CA on Jun 22, 2017
Go with the dictionary's hyphenated spelling: pre-owned (adj.). The outdated Q&A has been removed.

Do you suggest using "the" before the names of institutions such as schools, churches and banks, or organization names — historical societies, American Legion, fire departments, etc.?

from Mattituck, NY on Jun 22, 2017
The definite article is often placed before a formal name when it stands alone: The American Legion event is scheduled next year.  But when the name is used an adjunct or modifying noun, the article often isn't used: i.e., American Legion membership data showed ...

A colleague of mine considers "Great Recession" an insider term (financial industry jargon), but the way I read your entry, it should be OK for general use. Can you confirm? thx!

from St. Louis, MO on Jun 22, 2017
AP uses the Great Recession for general audience. A brief explanation can be helpful, though.

You seem to suggest in a couple of Ask the Editor answers that girls' night out should include an apostrophe. The style book, however, offers a memory aid under "apostrophe/descriptive phrases" that seems to suggest that "girls night out" should be read as a night out for girls and therefore not take an apostrophe.

from Canton, CT on Jun 22, 2017
Yes, girls night out can also be written as a descriptive without an apostrophe. My original answer reflects a spelling with an apostrophe often used by retailers to promote such events.

Is the word state capitalized in "State of Tennessee"?

from Nashville, TN on Jun 21, 2017
AP would spell state lowercase: state of Tennessee. The state entry says it's lowercase in all state of constructions.

Are first reference military rank abbreviations acceptable?  For example, "Briefed the Col. regarding upcoming events."   

from Fairfax Station, VA on Jun 21, 2017
AP spells out military ranks lowercase when standing alone: Briefed the colonel regarding upcoming events.

Should I put a hyphen after Revival in "Gothic Revival-style church"

from Cleveland, TN on Jun 21, 2017
Correct as you have it.


When you have a city named Mt. Healthy, do we apply AP style or let it be an exception as a formal name?

from Cincinnati, OH on Jun 21, 2017
Various AP stories have used both Mt. Healthy and Mount Healthy in stories from that Ohio town.  The city's website uses Mt. Healthy. The local preference would seem decisive. Is it unanimous among town authorities that the Mt. spelling is official?  Does that square with state maps and other references?

Is it broadband width or broad bandwidth?

from Zanesville, OH on Jun 21, 2017
It's broadband width.

When listing a series of locations in city, state format, is the following punctuation correct?

I went to Bristol, TN, Kingsport, TN, and Johnson City, TN.

from Raleigh, NC on Jun 21, 2017
AP doesn't use the state postal abbreviation except in citing some addresses.  The state name is spelled out in full within news stories. Rather than repeat the state, suggest you rephrase the reference: I went to three towns in Tennessee: Bristol, Kingsport and Johnson City.

Does the AP Stylebook contain a definition or usage guidelines for the term "internment" in reference to the Japanese American incarceration during WWII? 

from Sacramento , CA on Jun 21, 2017
The term isn't addressed in the AP Stylebook. However, AP stories about Japanese-Americans in World War II  usually include background along these lines: A presidential executive order in 1942 resulted in the incarceration of Japanese-Americans and Japanese immigrants from the West Coast in internment camps during World War II. They were called internees, though they were kept in prisonlike conditions -- in barracks under guard surrounded by barbed wire fences. They were deported to the interior of the U.S. merely on suspicion of being loyal to Japan. 

What are the usages of special teams in football? Specifically, do you hyphenate special teams when it is an adjective, as in, he made three special-teams tackles?

from Searcy, AR on Jun 20, 2017
It's not hyphenated as a noun phrase in AP usage: three special teams tackles.

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