Ground Zero

A message sent out today over my signature to the news staff of The Baltimore Sun:

In blatant defiance of an imbecilic Associated Press Stylebook rule:

Ground Zero, the site of the September 11 attacks in New York City, is capitalized.

But “ground zero,” the generic term for the place directly under the detonation of a nuclear explosive, is lowercased.

There, I feel better now.



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