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A new editing program now tells you if you’re using AP style. The program is StyleGuard, and it works with Microsoft Office.

StyleGuard is similar to Word’s editing function - which highlights misspelled or misused words - but instead of just point out simple problems, StyleGuard lets you know when you’re not abiding by AP Stylebook rules.

If you want to check it out, download StyleGuard here.

Have you tried StyleGuard yet? If so, tell us what you think. If you refuse to use it, let us know that as well.


AP recently released a style guide for the Summer Olympics. Here are a few highlights; for the full list, follow the link above.

Olympics or Olympic Games
Always capitalized. There are Summer Olympics and Winter Olympics, or Summer Games and Winter Games.

Noun. Always capitalized.

A period of four years beginning on Jan. 1 of the Olympic year. Olympiads are numbered consecutively in Roman numerals from the 1896 Athens Games. The XXX Olympiad that includes the London Games began Jan. 1, 2012.

Any athlete who has been to the Olympics.

London Games, London Olympics
Capitalized. Also, 2012 Olympics or 2012 Games. London Summer Olympics and London Summer Games.

Capitalized when attached to the host city or year: the London Games and the 2012 Games.


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