Aside from holding a box of tissues tending to allergies, all signs point to spring. Here’s how to write about it in Associated Press style.
Following are some spring-related terms from the AP Stylebook to keep your writing clean:
1. alma mater
2. alumnus, alumni, alumna, alumnae: Use alumnus (alumni in the plural) when referring to a man who has attended a school. Use alumna (alumnae) when referring to a woman who has attended a school. Use alumni when referring to a group of men and women.
3. April Fool’s Day: Correct style of the April 1 event—no joke.
4. Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science: A bachelor’s degree or a bachelor’s is acceptable in any reference.
5. bazaar, bizarre: Bazaar is a fair; bizarre means unusual.
6. bride, bridegroom, bridesmaid: Bride is appropriate in wedding stories, but use wife or spouse in other circumstances.
7. clean up (verb); cleanup (noun and adjective): We clean up the yard after winter. I hit cleanup in tonight’s game.
8. daylight saving time: Not savings, and no hyphen.