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STYLE GUIDE THROWDOWN: CMS VS. AP . . . Or, Editors Amusing Themselves: A Play in 20 Acts

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017 by Lisa S. and Chris

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To: Content Bureau Editing Team

From: Lisa S.

Subject: Hyphenation joy

Hi, all—

I was poking around after renewing my subscription to The Chicago Manual of Style/geeking out on CMS 17, and found this handy cheat sheet.

Enjoy!

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To: Content Bureau Editing Team

From: Chris

Subject: Blog post idea

Hey, have we done a blog post with a fight over which is better, CMS or AP? Or is that too insider-y?

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To: Content Bureau Editing Team

From: Lisa S.

Subject: It’s ON

I don’t know, but one thing is sure: I will Fite You (if Stacy approves).

STYLE GUIDE THROWDOWN.

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To: Content Bureau Editing Team

From: Chris

Subject: Re: It’s ON

CMS is for East Coast elites.

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To: Content Bureau Editing Team

From: Lisa S.

Subject: Re: Re: It’s ON like Donkey Kong

Um, The Chicago Manual of Style is out of Chicago. As the name implies.

AP is useful for journalism, but full of holes. Also, the serial comma is

  • easier to apply consistently, and
  • better.

Hah.

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To: Content Bureau Editing Team

From: Chris

Subject: Last word

This will be a short fight.

If it’s good enough for The New York Times, it’s good enough for me.

And who needs 300 pages explaining how to format footnotes and bibliographies?

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To: Content Bureau Editing Team

From: Lisa S.

Subject: Re: Last word

> If it’s good enough for The New York Times…

Or IS IT? Looks like even the Times needs to supplement what AP, sadly, lacks.

OK, you win on the footnote formatting thing. But someone out there is very happy that that part of CMS exists.*

As are the editors at every major book publisher, Harvard Business Review, Fortune, Deloitte, Saatchi & Saatchi, and Apple.

*(CB Editor: ME! I am Very Happy!)

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To: Content Bureau Editing Team

From: Chris

Subject: Oh, so you want to name-drop

Ever read that Borges story about a map the size of the territory?

Yeah, I can talk trash. Highbrow trash.

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To: Content Bureau Editing Team

From: Lisa

Subject: Re: Oh, so you want to name-drop

And what style guide did Señor Borges’ American publisher use, pray tell?

Your arguments are breaking down, my friend.

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To: Content Bureau Editing Team

From: Chris

Subject: Re: Re: Oh, so you want to name-drop

BENGHAZI

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To: Content Bureau Editing Team

From: Lisa S.

Subject: Re: Re: Re: Oh, so you want to name-drop

HITLER

There, we’ve achieved Godwin’s Law in eight moves.

Huh. Those Hitler jokes are not nearly as funny as they used to be.

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To: Content Bureau Editing Team

From: Chris

Subject: alas

A lot of things are not as funny as they used to be.

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To: Content Bureau Editing Team

From: Ruth

Subject: Re: alas

You two are still pretty funny.

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To: Content Bureau Editing Team

From: Stacy

Subject: Re: Re: alas

This string could be a blog post!

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To: Content Bureau Editing Team

From: Allison

Subject: It’s ON

Yes!

I want to see a post called STYLE GUIDE THROWDOWN: CMS VS. AP

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To: Content Bureau Editing Team

From: Chris

Subject: Re: It’s ON

Lisa can probably beat me up. I’m only good at pulling hair and kicking. Also running fast.

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To: Content Bureau Editing Team

From: Lisa S.

Subject: Re: Re: It’s ON

I’m slow—but ruthless. We shall see.

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To: Content Bureau Editing Team

From: Stacy

Subject: Re: Re: Re: It’s ON

Approved (LOVE IT), unless we want to end in a more dramatic way….??

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To: Content Bureau Editing Team

From: Chris

Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: It’s ON

with Lisa conceding that I am right

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To: Content Bureau Editing Team

From: Lisa S.

Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: It’s ON

RIDE OR DIE

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(CB Editor: Publication deadlines, and the health of all involved, necessitate that we end the record of this correspondence here.)

is a member of the Content Bureau editorial team.
Chris is a member of the Content Bureau editorial team.

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