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A Slippery Slope to Sloppy Style

In the nearly four decades that I have been writing and occasionally getting paid for it (although mainly I made a living editing and making sure the bills got paid at whatever newspaper I ran) an Associated Press stylebook was never out of reach. It is the go-to manual of style and usage for newspapers. I have largely adhered to its precepts even though I no longer write for newspapers. Thus, I view with a modicum of alarm some recent changes to the s tylebook recently announced. Other changes make sense, and I have conformed accordingly. I attended the University of Missouri School...

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