10 ‘spring cleaning’ AP style tips

Some might use this time of the year to air out their houses, but we suggest embracing the spirit of deep cleaning by brushing up on these writing rules.

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Many are rejoicing online (and through open windows) that spring is finally here—as of 6:29 a.m. EDT.

With springtime comes spring cleaning—but for communicators looking to sharpen their writing skills and tighten their copy, the dusting you’ll do is inside the pages of the AP Stylebook.

Here are 10 AP style rules to commit to memory when writing your next press release or creating content for your organization’s blog:

1. Remember, we’re saving time. We moved our clocks forward an hour on March 12 for Daylight Saving Time. Note that it’s not the plural “savings time”:

Or we could let you do it for us … https://t.co/MZyirnW7i9

— AP Stylebook (@APStylebook) March 12, 2017

@APStylebook daylight saving time
Not savings. No hyphen. pic.twitter.com/EHX59zrAVC

— Nancy Clanton (@NancyClanton) March 12, 2017

Though there is no known penalty for getting this wrong, those in the know might mock you:

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