[Edprof] Style question....

Frank E. Fee Jr. ffee at email.unc.edu
Tue Oct 7 10:21:09 PDT 2008


An off-the-top-of-the-head response is that in quotes the sound is 
important. Nobody says "Maj. Gen."

Thus, I teach Sgt. in the body text but "sergeant" in the quote. That's 
consistent with AP style the last time I looked.

In looking at several papers from Raleigh to Seattle last week, though, 
I noted few newspapers that followed that rule. Thus, more often than 
not it was still "Sen. Obama" and "Sen. McCain" in direct quotes. 
Seemed awkward.

Frank
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Quoting "Bleske, Glen" <GBleske at csuchico.edu>:

> Hey all,
>
> Somewhere, I picked up the following style application, but I am having
> trouble tracking it down for clarification:
>
> In direct quotes, do not apply AP style rules if doing so changes the way
> the word is pronounced.
>
> Thus: "I ate 5 meals" can be changed to "I ate five meals."
>
> But "The odds of losing are 3 to 1" cannot be changed to "The odds of losing
> are 3-1."
>
> Agreed? Maybe not. Or am I crazy?
>
> What about these other issues:
>
> Abbreviations of months with dates in direct quotes? What about the "th"
> added to a date if it is pronounced by the speaker of the quote? Thus, he
> said "September 5th" not "Sept. 5."
>
> Other types of abbreviations such as titles, street names, state names ("I
> live in Chico, Calif." but I didn't say Calif)
>
> I think you get the picture. What do you teach?
>
> I guess I didn't have enough to do today....
>
>
> Glen
> --
> Glen L. Bleske
> Professor,
> Department of Journalism
> CSU, Chico
> Chico, CA 95929-0600
>
> (530) 898-4770
> gbleske at csuchico.edu
> http://www.csuchico.edu/jour
>
>





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