As a follow-up to an earlier blog post on the importance of communicators’ adhering to AP Style, each year, in order to stay relevant, editors meet and make updates to the style book. Then we all need to learn the new rules. This year was no exception, and the following is a list of the more noteworthy AP Style changes in 2017.
- Singular “they” – AP Style now allows the use of “they” as a singular pronoun when rewriting the sentence would be awkward.
- “He” is no longer acceptable for gender-neutral.
- Cyberattack – The word refers to a computer operation carried out over a device or network that causes physical damage or significant and widespread disruption.