It’s time to catch up on some AP rules as clarified on Ask the Editor:
- Heat wave is two words; don’t hyphenate it or make it one word. Example: This heat wave is so bad, my tires melted.
- Don’t use double punctuation in a story. For example, if you have an exclamation point, but the sentence hasn’t ended, don’t also use a comma. Here’s an example from Ask the Editor: When she said "Boo!" they were all afraid.
- Olympics tip: When using Team USA, capitalize the t. AP says, “For other nations, AP tends to use generic names, such as the British Olympic team (lowercase t).”
- Recycled water from sinks and showers is graywater. One word, no hyphen, and use the American spelling of gray.
- You “while away” an afternoon, not “wile away.”
- The Wall Street Journal has a fun quiz to test your grammar skills. Check it out at the link above and see how you do.