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The More Than/Over Debate Isn’t Over, AP



The Associated Press dropped a bomb on the journalism world on Thursday with a tweet announcing a change in the organization’s venerable stylebook

Cue the outrage from journalists and grammar aficionados. The AP upended decades of journalistic tradition in less than 140 characters, and was immediately scorned for grammar heresy

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

Prior to the rule change, the only acceptable use of the preposition “over” was in reference to physical proximity. For example, you could hold your hands over the piano keys, or hover your mouse over that cute cat picture while you decide whether to Like it on Facebook. Read more…

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