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Quick style question

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by BlindCamel, Jan 8, 2007.

  1. BlindCamel

    BlindCamel Member

    Not in the biz anymore, but stumbled on a style question in my new job and don't have my trusty AP stylebook. Could someone recap the All-American/All-America entry for me?
  2. ondeadline

    ondeadline Well-Known Member

    A player is named to the All-America team, but he's an All-American.
  3. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    All-America is an adjective (Blind Camel made the All-America team).

    All-American is a noun (Blind Camel was named an All-American.)
  4. BlindCamel

    BlindCamel Member

    But then what if Blind Camel was an All-American guard, in which case All-American would be an adjective describing guard.
  5. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    He would be an All-America guard.
  6. BlindCamel

    BlindCamel Member

    Great. Thanks, Ace and deadline.
  7. thegrifter

    thegrifter Member

    Another style question. Notice a lot of paers have "boys basketball scores," but for college, it's listed "men's basketball scores."
    Why the difference and what's AP style for both?
  8. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    Technically, it should be boys' basketball scores (but to be honest, I personally don't think the boys quite meet the possessive requirement).
  9. SF_Express

    SF_Express Active Member

    Papers do this differently everywhere, and I've done it differently a lot of places.

    For a long time, I thought boys' should be possessive to match men's, where you have no choice.

    But you DO have a choice, and there's no reason it has to be possessive, no more than Reds outfielder.

    It's one of those "pick a style and do it the same way every time" deals.
  10. fishwrapper

    fishwrapper Active Member

    One of the better retorts I've heard on a desk...

    Crusty Old Slot Guy peppers veteran Rimmer on a couple of very minor catches in a story.
    Rimmer sits back down, and asks the Crusty Old Slot Guy:

    "Is 'nit-picking' hyphenated?"

    Funnier spoken, I think.
  11. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    Yes, of course S_F is right. I should have said it's a style issue. Pick one and go with it.
  12. Pops

    Pops Member

    Or you could go with the choice of at least one paper in this state: Mens and womens basketball. Probably the only illogical choice out there.
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