AP says ‘over’ is an acceptable substitute for ‘more than’

A big portion of Twitter’s community of grammarians is vocally dissatisfied with the change.

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AP Style tip: New to the Stylebook: over, as well as more than, is acceptable to indicate greater numerical value. #ACES2014

— AP Stylebook (@APStylebook) March 20, 2014

The AP explained to Poynter that “over” has “become common usage.” “We’re not dictating that people use ‘over’ – only that they may use it as well as ‘more than’ to indicate greater numerical value,” said AP Stylebook Editor Darrell Christian. Many editors and other grammar lovers simply did not buy it.

@APStylebook I’m sorry, but this is not a good move. #GrammarMatters

— Ryan Wood (@RyanWoodDFW) March 20, 2014

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