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Editors and the Little Dutch Boy syndrome

Three years ago at the American Copy Editors Society’s national conference, the editors of the Associated Press Stylebook announced that they were dropping the over/more than entry, and there was a mighty clamor. Last week, when ACES met in St. Petersburg, Florida, Colleen Newvine of the AP mentioned that people are still complaining about the decision.

Now I am not, as you may have noticed, given to panegyrics about the AP Stylebook, but their decision was eminently sound. The over/more than distinction (that over must be restricted to spacial relationships) was invented by American newspapers editors and exists nowhere else in...