the ap stylebook is the guiding light for journalists and pr pros (and for many of you bloggers); containing commonly misused and misspelled words and punctuation, along with other rules. i learned it like the back of my hand in my early days at the university of north florida and florida state university, or else i would've faced the same failed doom as many others in my reporting class. instead i learned to love it. and it's even more "in style" now with its new look...even though i still refuse to write in caps.
not only does it look like it has a purple cover with neon accents - so "in" right now - but the associated press also added 185 fashion guidelines, which is by all means awesome.
i'm still waiting on my book to come in since a coworker and fellow blogger, jenifer of così buono! (great news for all things italian, including style), tipped me off on its 2012 launch today. as a sample, here are a few of the entries that were scooped, and yes i will designate the proper nouns where necessary, against my will.
- haute couture: to all people in fashion, for the love of god, please learn this one. especially in brand names. "couture" apparel is one of a kind and a designation by the french ministry. stop using it so frequently just because it sounds posh. i hate this one almost as much as misusing "your" and "you're." any ideas on what most people really mean when they misuse it? hint: scroll to the top.
- Savile Row: the shopping street in london known for its bespoke tailoring.
- hoodie: can now stand on its own without elaboration.
- Giorgio Armani
- one-word terms like pantsuit, bodysuit, sweatshirt, trenchcoat: i don't really agree that these should be one word, but whatever.
- zoot suit: i don't know why this is included. who still writes about these except when referencing the cherry poppin' daddies?
i just wish i had been tested on these in college instead of how to abbreviate "idaho." what do you hope is included in the stylebook's fashion guidelines?