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Walter Winchell
Hey, Associated Press Stylebook, some friendly advice: "over/more than"

[This is the post I intended to publish yesterday. I apologize for shooting a blank.] My estimable colleague Gary Kirchherr encouraged me the other day not to let up in my campaign against excrescences in the Associated Press Stylebook, and so, at the risk of boring you with what you have seen before, I press ahead. This time, and in a series of posts to come, I will experiment with sweet reason rather than hectoring.  One of the most venerable usage superstitions in America newspaper journalism, and it appears to be limited to American newspaper journalism,* is the belief that over must only be used to indication spatial relationships, that it is illegitimate to use it in...