AP Style guide for Thanksgiving food

To help pros writing about November’s holiday festivities (or horrors) this year, a recent Twitter chat focused on fall culinary terms. 

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It’s nearly time to gather with family and friends and celebrate that for which we’re most thankful.

What Thanksgiving ends up meaning, to most, is a long and stressful session of food prep followed by group gorging. The event is usually finishes with participants loosening their pants and settling down to watch the NFL game or take a nap.

For journalists and PR pros, Thanksgiving can be a busy work time, too. That’s why the AP Stylebook’s editors gave tips on how to correctly write about the festivities in their November Twitter chat. Here are a few highlights:

Like great food? You aren’t a gourmand, that’s a glutton. But you might be a gourmet. #APStyleChat

— AP Stylebook (@APStylebook) November 4, 2014

It might be correct to call Uncle Ted a gourmand as you watch him practically inhale that sixth serving of mashed potatoes and gravy, but true turkey connoisseurs are gourmets.

Here’s a common error involving Thanksgiving food:

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