AP Enrages Copy Editors With 'More Than = Over' Style Change
Changes to The Associated Press Stylebook will allow journalists to use "more than" and "over" interchangebly. The editors are not happy.By Matt Picht | March 20, 2014
Warning: nerd alert! The world of journalism has been shaken to its core — or at least the world of copy editors — after the Associated Press Stylebook received a controversial update.
The American Copy Editors Society is holding its National Conference in Las Vegas this weekend, and as part of the festivities, the AP editors talked about some of the upcoming changes to the Stylebook — including the canonization of selfie and the hyphenation of Wal-Mart.
But the editors really dropped a bombshell when they announced that "over" is now interchangeable with "more than" when referring to numbers. So you could say @APStylebook has "over" 167,000 Twitter followers, or "more than" 167,000 Twitter followers, and you'd be right either way.