Monday, April 6, 2009

Terrible journalism

Ran across this headline on Yahoo. Hope it wasn't done by an Associated Press journalist. It violates Associated Press stylebook as well as E.B. White's and William Strunk's "Element of Style."

Strong quake in Italy kills over 150, wounds 1,500

The proper term is "more than." Any good editor will explain "over" means to go above, like over the fence, over and over his hands went as he went on the monkey bars. More than is the proper term when referring to numbers. That's your journalism less for today.

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