Are You Following @APStylebook?

If you’re a PR guru, journalist or into punctuation, style and all that jazz, then you likely know about the AP Stylebook (Associated Press Stylebook to be exact). It’s the PR bible. It holds the answers to some of the most important questions you might ever have or may never have thought to ask.

And, not to our surprise, AP Stylebook is on Twitter. You’ll want to follow them, considering their tweets are up-to-date, informational, random and definitely worth a retweet. If you’re really feeling social and into the AP mood, you may even want to join the next #APStyleChat.

To give you a taste of @APStylebook’s tweets, we’re sharing five of our recent favorites. And, if you don’t know the official AP Stylebook rules, we’re sharing a few of those too.

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RULE: T-shirt is the proper term when first referencing in the context. However, on subsequent references, tee is acceptable.

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RULE: Hyphens are joiners. Use them to avoid ambiguity or to form a single idea from two or more words. When ambiguity would result if the hyphen were omitted, use it.

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RULE: Abbreviate titles when used before a full name and certain military designations. After a name, junior or senior must be abbreviated. Also abbreviate company, corporation, incorporated and limited when using this term after the name of a corporate entity.

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RULE: A brand name is not to be used, unless the phrase is specifically referencing that brand. Unless you are talking about a Crock Pot slow cooker, it is simply a slow cooker.

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RULE: Just do what AP Stylebook says to do. Sometimes, there’s no explanation to the rule.


So, did you know these things?
@APStylebook keeps you up-to-date and tweets daily answers to questions you didn’t think to ask. If you have questions on the rules above, visit to get a complete understanding of the rules, the examples and the exceptions.