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AP style vs. proper names

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by e_bowker, Mar 4, 2009.

  1. e_bowker

    e_bowker Member

    We have a brewing argument in our newsroom -- OK, a minor disagreement -- and I just wanted to get a few opinions about it.
    I covered a baseball game yesterday involving a team named Mt. Salus. All of the school's literature, its rosters, its web site, every reference to it by the state association, everything I've ever seen, says "Mt." Not "Mount", but the abbreviated version.
    ME sees it today and yells at my SE. AP style says "Mount" in all usages, and that's what it must be, she said.

    So what's correct? I can understand spelling it out if it's something like a mountain or a town with "Mount" in the name. But when it's a proper name like that, is it OK to abbreviate? Is it actually wrong to spell it out?
  2. ColbertNation

    ColbertNation Member

    It is what the team and the school say it is.
  3. jps

    jps Active Member

    it's mt.
  4. SF_Express

    SF_Express Active Member

    I'm with these guys.

    "Mount" refers to mountain style.

    Not schools.

    If the school calls itself Mt., that's what it should be.
  5. Tom Petty

    Tom Petty Guest

    the ap stylebook is a suggestive book, not law.

    and i'll fry in hell before my section runs the letters: RBIs.
  6. Diabeetus

    Diabeetus Active Member

    You're a god among men, TP.
  7. Tom Petty

    Tom Petty Guest

    sometimes a man just has to make a stand, my friend.
  8. TP, if it weren't for our similar taste in starlets, I'd put a plague on your underwear drawer for starting that debate again.

    And RBIs is just fine, you jaghole. ;)
  9. Tom Petty

    Tom Petty Guest

    i have to admit that this is the first time i've ever been called a jaghole.

    i'm going to have to google that.
  10. shotglass

    shotglass Guest

    It has something to do with an aversion to using the term "RBIs."
  11. Tom Petty

    Tom Petty Guest

    be correct: RsBI.
  12. Diabeetus

    Diabeetus Active Member

    Maybe Run Batted Inns are new options for lodging?
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