Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — In introduction to journalism courses at Niagara University and Buffalo State, the AP Stylebook was required text. The oft-updated book, which is always handy in most newsrooms, can be as interesting as reading an almanac, with treats of trivial.
The word “Frisbee” must be capitalized because it’s a trademark for the famous plastic disc. “Attorney” sounds more impressive than “lawyer,” but it’s the lawyer to who is admitted to practice in the court system. The words are generally interchangeable but an attorney is someone empowered to act for another, not necessarily at the bar.
We shan’t write Astronaut Bill Gregory, because “astronaut” is not a formal title. It should be astronaut Bill Gregory, whether we like it or not.
Don’t write “Father Vatter” in second-reference to the pastor of All Saints, although it looks disrespectful to simply write, “Vatter.” The Stylebook says, “On second reference to members of the clergy, use only the last name...”
A style book has its place. Without it, we’d be all over the place. But there’s no such word as “stylebook.” Look it up, if you can find it in a dictionary.
Bill Wolcott is a Union-Sun reporter.