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AP Will Now Accept ‘Over’ as a Synonym For ‘More Than’



Here it is, the tweet that ended decades of global grammatical stability and secure stylistic norms:

AP Style tip: New to the Stylebook: over, as well as more than, is acceptable to indicate greater numerical value#ACES2014

— AP Stylebook (@APStylebook) March 20, 2014

In the new version of its venerated Stylebook, used by hundreds of news organizations across the country, the Associated Press will allow “over” as a synonym for “more than.”

In other words, it will now be acceptable to say:

There were over 78 crocodiles at the metallurgist’s convention.

Where it was previously only acceptable to say: Read more…

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